Al joined the Detroit Red Wings in 1953 and
went on to play 626 games with Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, and St. Louis,
winning four Stanley Cups as a player. He is one of only 11 players to win
consecutive Cups with different teams, and one of only 10 players to win Cups
with three different teams.
In 1967, Al was drafted by St. Louis and named their
first captain. In 1970, he retired as a player and became the head coach with
St. Louis; he lasted 107 games. He then became coach of the New York Islanders
in 1973, coaching them until 1986 and then again from '88 to '94. He coached them
to four Stanley Cups. In the 2007 season, he was allowed to coach the Islanders
in the final game of the season, giving him 1500 games coached. That game also
made him, at age 75, the oldest person to ever coach an NHL game. His 1500
games coached and 740 wins leave him 2nd all-time in both categories (to Scotty
Bowman). He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1996.