Former Sabre Rick Martin dies

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:45 PM ET

TORONTO - Late last month, Richard Martin reconnected with Gilbert Perreault and Rene Robert, members of the famed French Connection line, in welcoming new Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula during a pre-game ceremony at HSBC Arena.

It was an emotional public reunion, to be sure.

Unfortunately, it would also be his last.

Martin, 59, died of an apparent heart attack on Sunday morning. Reports out of Buffalo said Martin was driving in the western New York town of Clarence at the time.

"Rick was not only one of the greatest players in franchise history, he was a great friend to the Sabres organization and the entire organization," the Sabres said in a released statement on Sunday afternoon. "The thoughts and prayers of the entire Sabres organization go out to his wife Mikey and their two sons, Corey and Josh."

Martin scored 384 goals during his illustrious 12-year NHL career including back-to-back 52-goal seasons in 1973-74 and 1974-75. He is generally considered one of the most iconic athletes in Buffalo sports history.


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