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Fischler: Al Arbour is sports’ best coach

According to the Daily Freeman's Stan Fischler, the recently-deceased Al Arbour stands as the best coach in all of sports:

Alger (Al) Arbour, who recently died at age 82, ranks — in my estimation — as the absolute, all-time top coach — or manager — in professional sports history.

And my memory goes back three-quarters of a century, alias 1939, when I saw my first hockey game.

I’m aware that there are critics out there who’ll vote for football’s Vince Lombardi — fair enough — and perhaps even lobby over Casey Stengel, honoring his championship skein with the Yankees.

The trouble with a Stengel vote was his clownish persona. Too often The “Ole Perfesser’s” double-talk act detracted from his conduct of a ball team.

But this column is not meant to stir Arbour-Lombardi-Stengel arguments but rather recall the gentleman, scholar, generalissimo and hockey impresario that embodied Al’s work as Islanders coach.

Fischler continues, but he avoids comparing Arbour to Scotty Bowman...

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bigdee89's avatar

Missing Bowman is very odd and makes me wonder if he did his homework.

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 09/06/15 at 12:39 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

Only reason you don’t bring Bowman into the conversation is because you know he’s the best and the best argument you can muster against him is that his teams were always stacked (nevermind what he did with the Blues and Sabres, or even frankly the Wings teams of the first few years of his tenure where he did have to make significant changes in spite of the talent level the group already had).

Ignoring Bowman outright is probably better than the “well he had players” argument. smile

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 09/08/15 at 10:30 AM ET

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