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Reinhart named winner of inaugural Rick Martin Memorial Award

Award, voted on by fans, honors player who demonstrates on-ice excellence, resiliency and dedication to community

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Sam Reinhart is the winner of the inaugural Rick Martin Memorial Award.

Buffalo Sabres interim coach Don Granato presented Reinhart with "The Rico" after Friday's practice in Pittsburgh.

As voted on by the fans, the award will be presented each season to the player fans believe best demonstrates on-ice excellence, resiliency, and dedication to the community. 

With one game remaining in the 2020-21 season, Reinhart leads the club with 25 goals and 40 points. 

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With 25 goals in 53 games played this season, the Sabres forward has tied his career high, which he set in 82 games during the 2017-18 season. He is one of 15 players in franchise history to have at least five 20-goal seasons with the Sabres.

His 15 road goals this season are tied for third most in the NHL and he is tied for fifth in the league with 10 power-play goals.

The award is named in honor of Sabres great Rick Martin. "Rico" was a two-time 50 goal scorer who played 10 seasons in Buffalo from 1972-82 and remained an active member of the community until his death in 2011. 

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Martin played 681 games for the Sabres (3rd in franchise history) with 382 goals (2nd) and 695 points (3rd). His number 7 hangs from the rafters alongside Gilbert Perreault and Rene Robert, his linemates on the famed French Connection.

Reinhart was one of five finalists that included Dylan Cozens, Kyle Okposo, Rasmus Ristolainen and Jeff Skinner after an initial round of fan voting.

The award is presented by the Sabres' Gold Ring Partners: KeyBank, BlueCross BlueShield, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, and LECOM.

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