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Islanders will honor Al Arbour before season opener at Barclays Center

Islanders head coach Al Arbour, right, celebrates the

Islanders head coach Al Arbour, right, celebrates the team's fourth-straight Stanley Cup win at Nassau Coliseum in May 1983. Photo Credit: Newsday / Paul Bereswill

The Islanders announced a series of special touches to mark the occasion of their first regular-season game in Brooklyn Friday night, including a pregame tribute to the late coach Al Arbour.

Gates will open for the 7:30 p.m. game at 6 p.m., with fans being greeted by models showcasing team merchandise.

A Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit on the concourse will display Islanders-related memorabilia. Young fans can visit face painters and balloon makers, and all fans can use a photo booth against a commemorative backdrop.

Islanders-themed food will be served at concession stands, including blue-and-orange popcorn and cupcakes.

The team is asking fans to be in their seats by 7:15 for an opening-night ceremony that will include a video tribute to Arbour and a ceremonial puck drop.

Alexa Ray Joel will sing the national anthem.

Fans will hear public address announcer Roger Luce and organist Paul Cartier, both of whom made the move with the team from Nassau Coliseum.

Fans will receive a magnetic Islanders schedule upon entering the arena and a commemorative poster upon departing.

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