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03-03-2011, 09:28 AM
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With their seventh round pick (255) in the 2011 ATD, the Guelph Platers have selected: Alger Joseph "Radar" Arbour, coach

He is a brilliant motivator, strategist and teacher. He is coolly efficient and never panics.
- Daytona Beach Morning Journal (Barry Wilner) May 10, 1984

Career Highlights:
Coached the Islanders to 4 consecutive Stanley Cups and 5 consecutive finals appearances (80-84).
Won a record 19 consecutive playoff series culminating in the Islanders dynasty.
Second all time in regular season wins with 782.
Second all time in playoff wins with 123.
Winner of the Jack Adams award 1978-79.
Hockey Hall of Fame Builder 1996.

Born: November 1, 1932.
Position: Coach
Height: 6-1
Weight: 180 lbs

Regular Season:
Coached 1607 total games, with a record of 782W-577L-248T.

Took over an Islanders club that was a 30 point expansion team in 72-73 and helped develop them from that point to dynasty status.

Playoff record of 123W-86L

Won an incredible 19 consecutive playoff series during the Islanders dynasty.

Upset the two time defending Stanley Cup champion and current President's Trophy winners, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in 92-93.

Quotations and Perspective:

"If they want to be spearcarriers and won't drop 'em (their sticks), they're going to get it back the same way," bellowed Arbour, usually soft-spoken and bland in his post-game remarks. "If the referees are not going to call this chippy stuff, we'll come right back at them. We'll fight fire with fire."
- The Palm Beach Post (Post Wire Service) May 17, 1980 (after the Flyers beat the Isles 8-3 to tie the finals series at one).

"They're really getting a taste now, where it's getting close and they see what they've accomplished to this point on hard work," added Arbour. "They know it's going to take more of that, digging deeper and deeper. They start getting that feeling, "We can do it and we want to do it, and that's the feeling they have right now."
- Lakeland Ledger May 6 1980

Isles' GM Bill Torrey, the man most responsible for the success and survival of the Islanders' debt-ridden franchise, got things in the right direction in mid-season this year when some players were anonymously criticising Al Arbour in the media. Declared Torrey "If they can't play for Al Arbour, they can't play here."
- Montreal Gazette (Tim Burke) May 27 1980 (after the Isles first Cup win)

"It seems every time we lose or the Rangers lose, we're chokers," said Coach Al Arbour. "Other teams just lose, but we choke, according to the media. Well, maybe this will stop that stuff."
- The Free Lance-Star (Hal Bock) May 27, 1980 (after first Cup win).

"I will welcome the opportunity to see what Al is doing," said Quinn, referring to the Islanders' coach Al Arbour. "I hear he is mixing his lines, especially in the third period, and really has no set lines, which is different with them."
- Reading Eagle (AP) May 10 1980 (Pat Quinn whose Flyers had advanced to the finals commenting on the opportunity to scout the Isles before the series)

Over the years, Arbour's coaching temperament has evolved, according to players and other coaches. Once viewed as something of an ogre, Arbour, despite his deep baritone voice, now has a reputation for being a warm and cozy kind of guy.
- The Washington Post (Dave Sell), May 20, 1993.

It wasn't exactly a fireside chat in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt tradition, but Coach Al Arbour eschewed the physical side of practice this afternoon and instead assembled his Islanders in their steamy locker room for a pep talk. The subject of what Arbour referred to as "just a standard little playoff chat" was how to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in three easy lessons.
- NYT (Robin Finn) May 6, 1993.

Arbour told his Islanders not to be intimidated by Pittsburgh's flashier playoff pedigree: "We're out there to beat them, we've got the plan of attack that can do it, and if there's anybody on this team who doesn't believe it can be done, I won't dress them"
- NYT (Robin Finn) May 6, 1993.

The coaching of Al Arbour. He is getting something from everybody on his bench, the same way Scotty Bowman did against Roger Neilson last year. Arbour matches defensemen Darius Kasparaitis and Rich Pilon and the Claude Loiselle-Green-Brad Dalgarno line against [Kevin Stevens] (3-6-9), [Mario Lemieux] (3-5-8) and [Rick Tocchet] (3-3-6). At home, he got Steve Thomas away from checker Jeff Daniels. Arbour lost to Bowman's Canadiens in the 1977 and 1978 semifinals and beat Bowman's Sabres in the 1980 semifinals. If the Islanders win this series, he should obtain a magician's license.
- Newsday (Jim Smith) May 14, 1993

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