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Al Arbour dies at 82; coach turned New York Islanders into NHL dynasty

Al Arbour dies at 82; coach turned New York Islanders into NHL dynasty

Al Arbour, the bespectacled gentleman of a coach who molded a young and talented New York Islanders franchise into an NHL dynasty that won four straight Stanley Cups in the early 1980s, has died. He was 82. Arbour had been in declining health, battling Parkinson's disease and dementia, and living in a long-term care facility in Florida, his former team said in a statement Friday. Beginning in 1973-74, Arbour led the Islanders to 15 playoff appearances and won 119 playoff games — an NHL record with one team — over 19 seasons. His 740 career regular-season wins with the Islanders are the most with one NHL team. Arbour was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996. He...

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