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Today in Hockey History: Aug. 28

Head Coach Al Arbour of the New York Islanders

This date has seen many of the greatest players in National Hockey League history take their place in the Hall of Fame. Plus, a very popular player called it a career shortly after winning the ultimate prize, and one of the all-time greatest coaches passed away. So, let’s begin our daily trip back in time to relive all the memories from Aug. 28.

Hockey World Loses Coaching Legend

The bench general for the New York Islanders Stanley Cup dynasty of the early 1980s, Al Arbour, passed away at 82 on Aug. 28, 2015.

Long before starting his historic coaching career, Arbour played 626 NHL games as a defenseman with the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, and St. Louis Blues. He started his trend of winning consecutive championships by winning the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 1961. He was claimed in the Intra-League draft by the Maple Leafs that summer and was part of three straight Stanley Cup teams between 1962 and 1964.

Arbour led one of the greatest dynasties in league history.
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Arbour got his first taste of being a head coach while still an active player for the Blues in 1970. He remained as their head coach for one more season after he retired from playing in 1972. He became the Islanders coach in 1973, just their second year in existence. The team was very competitive during the 1970s and finally won their first championship in 1980, starting a streak of four straight Stanley victories.

He parted ways with the Islanders after the 1985-86 season but returned two years later. His second stint lasted through the 1993-94 season. He returned for one game in 2007 to give him 1,500 behind the Islanders’ bench. When he retired for good, he had 782 career wins, the second-most in NHL history. He has since been passed by Joel Quenneville, Ken Hitchcock, and Barry Trotz but remains in fifth place for all-time coaching wins.

A Double Shot of Inductions

The Hockey Hall of Fame opened its doors to two separate groups on this date. On Aug. 28, 1965, 10 players and two builders were inducted. Blackhawks forward Bill Mosienko and Red Wings star Syd Howe were the headliners of the class. Forward Marty Barry, goaltender Clint Benedict, Maple Leafs’ defenseman Red Horner and pre-NHL players Art Farrell, Jack Marshall, Blair Russell, Ernie Russell, and Fred Scalon were included. Broadcaster Foster Hewitt and American hockey pioneer Tommy Lockhart rounded out the 1965 class.

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