Lighthouse Hockey (All profits donated to dementia research in honor of Al Arbour)
ABOUT THE DESIGNS
“The Al Arbour” Hall of Famer Al Arbour coached the Islanders for 1,500 games, 740 wins, five Stanley Cup finals and four straight championships. To say the club and the fanbase would not be the same without him would not be an overstatement. This shirt commemorates one of Arbour’s many legendary episodes. Down three games to none in their quarterfinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1975, “Radar” gathered his players at practice and asked for their total commitment even in the face of certain elimination, telling them, “If there’s anybody here who doesn’t think we can win this thing, please just take off your equipment and leave.” No players left. And the Islanders became just the second team in NHL history and first in 33 years to win a series after being down 3-0, establishing a history of playoff excellence that still exists today.
“The Island” One of the hallmarks of this era of Islanders hockey was put into place by former head coach Barry Trotz. The concept of “The Island” as an entity, a community, a collective mindset or an obstacle for opponents to overcome (“you’ll have to go through the f***ing Island,” “the passion on The Island…,” “living on The Island…”), gave the franchise a new identity and galvanized the fanbase. This design continues and celebrates that ethos with a classic, workmanlike style.
ABOUT THE DONATIONS Lighthouse Hockey receives a portion of the sales of each shirt. Our entire portion will be donated directly to the Center of Dementia Research, located in Orangeburg, NY.
Why Dementia Research? Dementia is a condition that affects 47% of people over the age of 85. Someone you know may be struggling with symptoms now or in the future.
One very special person dear to all Islanders fans dealt with the severe symptoms of aging. On August 28, 2015, Al Arbour passed away at the age of 82 after suffering from health problems related to dementia.
The Center for Dementia Research seeks to understand the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and to develop innovative therapies for prevention and treatment. Donations to the CDR are used directly to support research projects of the scientists. Donating our modest profits from these shirts to the CDR is the least we can do to help discover more about this heartbreaking affliction and to honor the coach that has given us so much. All the donations will be made in the name of Coach Al Arbour.
If you'd like to donate to the Center for Dementia Research without buying a shirt, you can do so here.