Yes, Al Arbour, the legendary former coach of the New York Islanders (and, briefly, the St. Louis Blues) is coming out of retirement to coach one game in November.
Why? Well, apparently old Al coached 1,499 games with the Islanders, and that just didn’t sit right with their current coach, Ted Theodore Nolan.
Al hasn’t coached since the end of the 1993-94 season, but hey, he’s still got it, right?
“I don’t know that much about coaching anymore, I’ve been away from it a long time, but still two points is two points and we certainly want to win this hockey game.”
Nolan’s still going to be behind the bench, officially as an assistant coach.
“He better be, let me tell you, because I don’t know the players, I don’t know the system or anything,” Arbour said with a laugh. “There’s no question about it, I’ll need a lot of help.”
Isles fans seem happy enough. I’m not sure that Arbour coaching precisely 1,500 regular season games for the Islanders is that important a milestone – his overall total is 1,606 games (1,499 + 107 for St. Louis) and he coached over 200 playoff games…but whatever.
They’re also playing Sid, Malkin and the Pens that night. Good luck with that.