It is probably going to be an emotional day for the Buffalo Sabres organization on Friday October 12th, 2012. While the current roster of Buffalo Sabres players sits idle or plays with clubs overseas or in the minors, members of the Buffalo Sabres alumni organization will be on hand for the unveiling of the French Connection statue this Friday at 7PM outside of First Niagara Center. The statue will be the center piece of Alumni Plaza. Members of the famed French Connection, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert, and family members of the late Rick Martin will be on hand to help unveil the statue, joined by their former teammates and others who have carried the Sabres banner into on ice battle over the past 40 some years. For many alumni, this will be the first “together” event since the one ice memorial celebrating the life of Rick Martin who passed away in March of 2011. Despite not having a hockey season – the unveiling of this statue could have been a spirit lifter for the current team and the fans – giving high levels of emotions and motivation – the Buffalo Sabres are moving forward with the unveiling on schedule – as a way to keep their fans engaged during the second work stoppage inside of ten years. The statue is being unveiled in October to celebrate the first time the linemates joined forces – in October of 1972. Very rarely do lines stay together long enough in the modern NHL to earn the right to hav a nick name that will stand the test of time. Other notable names that will be in attendance for the ceremony are Jerry McKenna, who sculpted the piece of art, and Ron Moscati – the former team photographer that snapped the famous picture of the three former Sabres together on the ice.
By Tim Redinger -
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Full time father, husband and Buffalo Sabres fan. Started writing with Fansided back when the network only covered the NFL. Launched Sabrenoise.com as the first non-NFL site. Haven't looked back since. If you have any questions or comments on the site please email me at [email protected] I'm a wear white at home, blank sweater wearing fan, non laces type guy. I can't see spending money on a sweater with a guys name on it when he might not be around long enough to wear it out. If I am going to get a name on a sweater, its gonna be an old white home sweater, with either an 11 or a 7 on it.