It's been almost a year since Al Arbour passed away. The legendary New York Islanders coach's death wasn't exactly a surprise but that leaves no less a hole in the hearts of so many players, colleagues and of course fans who revered him.
To aid in that healing -- remember, funerals are for the living -- the Islanders have planned a memorial tribute on Aug. 29 open to fans which will include many of the family and hockey people who held him so dear.
Seating for the event at their official practice facility is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP by Aug. 15 to get a seat.
If you go, you'll be in tremendous company. As the team announcement explains:
The Arbour family will attend the ceremony, as well as numerous Islanders player alumni, Hall of Fame former General Manager Bill Torrey, former NHL coach and 14-time Stanley Cup Champion Scotty Bowman, Hall of Fame member Jim Devellano, Islanders current Head Coach Jack Capuano and current team captain John Tavares. Islanders former play-by-play voice and Hockey Hall of Fame member, Jiggs McDonald will serve as the master of ceremony.
Great lineup. Surely a memorable event.