Rightfully, Al Arbour is being recalled as a Hall of Fame Coach. He won four Stanley Cup titles with the New York Islanders in the 1980’s. That accomplishment, as much as anything, helped make him an easy choice for admission into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
As a player, Al Arbour was impactful wherever he played. He started his playing career in 1954 with the Detroit Red Wings, winning the Stanley Cup. He later skated for the Chicago Black Hawks, Yoronto Maple Leafs, and St. Louis Blues. Arbour also won the Stanley Cup as a player with the 1960–61 Vhicago Black Hawks and the 1961–62 and 1963–64 Toronto Maple Leafs. Arbour, along with teammate Ed Litzengerberger, is one of eleven players to win consecutive Stanley Cups with two different teams. He is one of only ten players in Stanley Cup history to win the Cup with three different teams. Arbour was also the first captain of the Blues, and played for them when they lost in Cup finals in 1968, 1969, 1970 (all in four consecutive games). One of the few professional athletes to wear eyeglasses when competing, Arbour was the last NHL player to wear them on the ice.