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A CONNECTION TO HISTORY

Tuesday, 10.02.2012 / 3:48 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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A CONNECTION TO HISTORY

Gilbert Perreault and Rene Robert were back at First Niagara Center today, as the Sabres unveiled the first plaques that will be placed on the bricks in Alumni Plaza. Every player in Sabres history will be immortalized with plaque depicting the date of their first game with the team. The brick project is just another historical element in Alumni Plaza, which will also include a seven-foot high French Connection statue that will be revealed to the public on Friday, October 12.

According to Perreault, the statue will be just “another cherry” on the top of his Hall of Fame career with the Sabres.

“It’s not something that I ever expected at the start of my career, and it’s going to be a great honor to see that,” Perreault said today. “A lot of tourists will come to Buffalo (to see it). I know that people from Quebec will come take a picture in front of the statue. I also know that people from my hometown are going to come down here for sure. It’s going to be a great souvenir for them.”

Robert echoed Perreault’s sentiments, saying that just playing in the NHL was good enough for him.

“It never crossed my mind one bit; believe me when I say that. I just wanted to play in the NHL, which I lived. I lived my dream. This is certainly way beyond my expectations. This is much, much bigger than I ever anticipated.”

The two also lamented the absence of their former linemate Rick Martin, who passed away suddenly in March 2011. The statue will permanently reunite the high-scoring trio in front of First Niagara Center.

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“Rico might be gone, but he’s still with us every day,” said Robert. “Yesterday, Gilbert and I played golf. When we got to the seventh hole at Park (Country Club) we started talking about Rico. He was not only a good hockey player, he was a great icon. You can never forget what Rick Martin has done for the city of Buffalo, not only as a player but with the charities he was involved with.”

“It’s sad that Rick is not here. Spiritually he’s here, but physically he’s not,” explained Perreault. “He’s always in our heart.”

Joining Perreault and Robert at today’s press conference was Mike Casullo of North Tonawanda, who became the first fan to purchase an Alumni Plaza brick when they went on sale during the summer.

Casullo said his record-setting brick purchase was purely coincidence.

“I had been getting the emails, and always intended to purchase one,” said the longtime Sabres fan. “I just happened to be on my lunch break one day, and figured ‘why don’t I just do it now?’”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82