BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - As one third of the French Connection, Rick Martin's career with the Buffalo Sabres stretched from 1971 to 1981.
His legacy will always be part of that line, the greatest in team history. But on his own, Rick Martin was known as a great player, a great friend and as Lindy Ruff described him, "a heck of a guy."
While Gilbert Perreault was the flashy play maker of the French Connection, Rico was the scorer.
He twice had 50 goal seasons, and his 382 career goals are second in Sabres team history.
Late Sunday afternoon at the Arena, his friends, former teammates and the Sabres owner reacted to Martin's death.
Lindy Ruff said, "We lost a heck of a guy today. He was a teammate. He was someone I worked with, as part of the coaching staff. Someone I played golf with. He was a great person."
"Our thoughts of course are with his family and all his friends. I'm just thinking of all the good years in front of him here in front of our new owner. Things to look forward to, God Bless you Richard. We love you," added former teammate MIke Robitaille.
News Sabres owner Terry Pegula said, "We had a lot of plans for these guys and I guess will we just have an empty seat to carry around."
Martin's last public appearance came three weeks ago, when he, Gilbert Perreault and Rene Robert welcomed Pegula as the Sabres new owner.
Its been an especially tragic day for Robert. In addition to losing his linemate, Robert's older brother also passed away.
The Sabres held a moment of silence before Sunday afternoon's game.
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The Niagara County Sheriff's is on the scene of a suspected meth lab in Cambria.
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