Rick Martin We'll Miss You "Rico"

March 14, 2011 Updated Mar 14, 2011 at 3:48 PM EDT

By WKBW News

March 14, 2011 Updated Mar 14, 2011 at 3:48 PM EDT

It's been 24 hours but it still really hasn't sunk in. So many of us in shock over the death of one of our beloved Sabre's. He was among the very best to ever wear the jersey. Rick Martin had already retired by the time I arrived in Buffalo in 1987, but I certainly remember watching him play hockey when I lived at the other end of Lake Erie. I might have been a Red Wings fan but I certainly knew of Martin and Gare and Imlach and so many other Buffalo hockey hero's.
In the 24 years I have been here in Western New York now, I had the pleasure of getting to know two members of the "French Connection". It was such a pleasure hanging out with Rick and Rene at so many of the charity golf outings each summer. Two very classy guys. We will miss the never-ending jokes and the big cigars and the ever-present smile, or smirk that Rick always had. You were always left wondering if he knew something you didn't, but should have.
Thanks so much Rick, for the memories.