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Al Arbour coached the New York Islanders to four straight Stanley Cups in the early 1980s, a feat not accomplished since by any team in any U.S. professional sport.

Islanders coach Al Arbour looks on during a
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Islanders coach Al Arbour looks on during a game on Feb. 11, 1987.

Islanders coach Al Arbour watches a tape of
Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles

Islanders coach Al Arbour watches a tape of one of the games in his basement office at his home in Cold Spring Harbor.

Al Arbour skates with the St. Louis Blues.
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Al Arbour skates with the St. Louis Blues.

Al Arbour skates with the St. Louis Blues.
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Al Arbour skates with the St. Louis Blues.

Al Arbour, Islanders coach, is surrounded by members
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Al Arbour, Islanders coach, is surrounded by members of his family including Julie, 14, Janice, 10, and wife Claire at Cold Spring Harbor on April 5, 1982.

Islanders coach Al Arbour talks in the dressing
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Islanders coach Al Arbour talks in the dressing room after a game between the Islanders and the Flyers on May 11, 1975.

Al Arbour paces behind the bench during a
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Al Arbour paces behind the bench during a game at the Nassau Coliseum between the Islanders and the Seals on Jan. 22, 1974.

Islanders coach Al Arbour watches his team during
Credit: Newsday / Paul J. Bereswill

Islanders coach Al Arbour watches his team during practice at the Nassau Coliseum on Feb. 2, 1991

Islanders coach Al Arbour looks during the first
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Islanders coach Al Arbour looks during the first period of a game between the Rangers and Islanders on April 5, 1980.

Islanders coach Al Arbour talks to Ed Westfall
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Islanders coach Al Arbour talks to Ed Westfall during a game against the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum on March 29, 1975.

Islanders coach Al Arbour looks on during a
Credit: Newsday / Paul J. Bereswill

Islanders coach Al Arbour looks on during a workout at Nassau Coliseum on April 22, 1985.

Retiring Islanders coach Al Arbour, center, enjoys a
Credit: Newsday / David L. Pokress

Retiring Islanders coach Al Arbour, center, enjoys a laugh with his players, both current and former, as they pose for a grouop photo in Westbury on June 1, 1994.

Islanders head coach Al Arbour, right, celebrates the
Credit: Newsday / Paul Bereswill

Islanders head coach Al Arbour, right, celebrates the team's fourth-straight Stanley Cup win at Nassau Coliseum in May 1983.

Al Arbour, left, and John Mackey, two of
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Al Arbour, left, and John Mackey, two of the three athletic figures inducted into the Nassau County Sports Commission's Hall of Fame, at a ceremony at the Chateau Briand restaurant on April 10, 2000.

Al Arbour in 1994.
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Al Arbour in 1994.

Former Toronto Maple Leafs player and New York
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Former Toronto Maple Leafs player and New York Islander coach Al Arbour poses at a news conference Monday, Nov. 25, 1996 in Toronto prior to being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame at a ceremony.

Islanders Al Arbour honored at Nassau Coliseum during
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Islanders Al Arbour honored at Nassau Coliseum during a game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Al Arbour was named head coach of the
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Al Arbour was named head coach of the Islanders at the start of the 1973-74 season. He coached the team for 19 seasons, leading them to 15 playoff appearances and four Stanley Cups.

Islanders coach Al Arbour during a game.
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Islanders coach Al Arbour during a game.

Al Arbour, left, and Darcy Regier at the
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Al Arbour, left, and Darcy Regier at the presser for Islanders new GM Mike Milbury on Dec. 12, 1995.

Al Arbour behind the bench of the New
Credit: Newsday file

Al Arbour behind the bench of the New York Islanders.

Al Arbour wipes away a tear as he
Credit: Newsday file

Al Arbour wipes away a tear as he listens to Bobby Nystrom's testimonial to his coach.

Former Islanders coach Al Arbour poses with the
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Former Islanders coach Al Arbour poses with the new and the old Islanders as he is honored after coaching his 1,500th game with the team on Nov. 3, 2007 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Coliseum.

Islanders coach Al Arbour after winning the Stanley
Credit: AP, 1983

Islanders coach Al Arbour after winning the Stanley Cup in 1983.

Islanders coach Al Arbour paces behind his team
Credit: AP, 1975

Islanders coach Al Arbour paces behind his team at the Nassau Coliseum.

Islanders coach Al Arbour paces behind the bench
Credit: Newsday, 1974

Islanders coach Al Arbour paces behind the bench during a game at the Nassau Coliseum.

Islanders coach Al Arbour, right, and Bob Nystrom,
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Islanders coach Al Arbour, right, and Bob Nystrom, left, who scored the winning goal in overtime, celebrate in the dressing room following the Islanders' Stanley Cup victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on May 24, 1980.

AL ARBOUR NIGHT Legendary coach Al Arbour had
Credit: AP, 2007

AL ARBOUR NIGHT
Legendary coach Al Arbour had a banner raised in his honor with the number 739 signifying his wins as head coach. But on November 3, 2007, the Islanders invited Arbour back one more time to coach game No. 1500 with the team. Arbour became the oldest man to coach an NHL game at 75, leading the Isles to a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh. After the win, the 739 banner was replaced with a new 1500 banner. |

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