Honoring the Buffalo Sabres’ French Connection Line

November 30th, 2012 by Matt Clouden Leave a reply »
Earlier in September, Buffalo Sabres fans saw the opening of Alumni Plaza outside of the First Niagara Center with an impressive statue honoring the hallowed French Connection.

It goes without saying that the line of Rick Martin, Gilbert Perreault and Rene Robert was one of the most impressive in NHL history, never mind Sabres history. Each player finished their Sabres career with at least 200 goals and better than a point per game.

Gilbert Perreault was easily the most talented of the three, with his smooth skating and soft hands leading the way for the Sabres for the better part of two decades. Perreault is the franchise leader in both goals (512) and assists (814). Those marks are likely to stand for many years to come. 

Perreault was also the first Sabre to have his number retired, with No. 11 raised to the rafters of the Memorial Auditorium in 1990.

Perreault was recognized on the NHL level as well with his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990. He currently sits 25th on the all-time list for assists, 31st for points and 37th ...

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