The Buffalo Sabres organization suffered a tragic loss on Sunday, March 13, 2011 as Rick Martin, a member of the famed French Connection line, passed away.
A seven-time NHL All-Star and one of the most prolific scorers in franchise history, Martin played left wing on a line with center Gilbert Perreault and right wing Rene Robert to form one of the most famous lines in NHL history. Martin was remembered by members of the organization both before and after the Sabres’ win over Ottawa on Sunday the 13.
Selected by the Sabres in the first round (5th overall) of the 1971 Entry Draft, Martin played for Buffalo from 1971 to 1981 and recorded 695 points on 382 goals and 313 assists in 681 games. He is the all-time franchise leader in hat tricks (21) and scored 52 goals in back-to-back seasons in 1973-74 and 1974-75. Martin’s No. 7 was retired on Nov. 15, 1995 as he and Robert (No. 14) joined Perreault (No. 11) in the rafters.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, Mach 24 at the HSBC Arena and was shown live on Sabres TV. If you would like to leave condolences or memories of Rick, please do so by commenting below.