Ex-Islanders coach Al Arbour battling dementia

Al Arbour while being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996. (QMI Agency)

Al Arbour while being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996. (QMI Agency)

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In an interview earlier this week, new Buffalo Sabres assistant coach Bryan Trottier told listeners that former New York Islanders coach Al Arbour is battling dementia.

The 81-year-old Arbour guided the Isles to four consecutive Stanley Cups in the 1980s. He compiled 782 career victories, which rank him second all-time to only Scotty Bowman.

"We love the man. Today, he's going through a little tough time with dementia," Trottier said on Buffalo's WGR radio. "We all love Al for all the great times we've had together and his leadership."

Trottier, also in the HOF, said Arbour was a father figure to many of his players.

In addition to his coaching acumen, Arbour was a solid player, too

He was part of four Stanley Cup winning teams as his junior and pro playing career spanned four decades.


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