|Gilbert Perreault (Photo: Buffalo Sabres) |
Milestones weren’t exactly uncommon for Gilbert Perreault.
As a member of the Buffalo Sabres from 1970 to 1987, Perreault reached many in his illustrious career:
He was the Sabres’ first overall draft pick and became the team’s first Calder Trophy winner in 1971 after a stellar rookie performance. Perreault also played in six NHL all-star games, is the only player in Sabres history to win the Lady Byng Trophy and still leads the franchise in almost every major scoring category with 1,326 career points.
But out of all of his accomplishments, one in particular stands out above the rest – scoring his 500th career NHL goal.
The milestone came on March 9, 1986 against Alain Chevrier of the New Jersey Devils. Perreault accepted a pass from Mike Foligno and redirected the puck past Chevrier. The Sabres won 4-3 against the Devils.
Perreault became only the 12th player in NHL history to score 500 goals, and is currently one of 41 players in the League to have done so.