Fans Remember Hockey Great Rick Martin

March 14, 2011 Updated Mar 14, 2011 at 11:29 PM EDT

By Lou Chilelli

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March 14, 2011 Updated Mar 14, 2011 at 11:29 PM EDT

Town of Clarence, N.Y. (WKBW) -- There is a sense of sadness and grief over the sudden loss of a man... who was one of the greatest players to ever wear a Sabres jersey. The spot on Main Street in the Clarence Hollow, where hockey legend RIck Martin's car came to rest after his heart attack and crash...has become a memorial site. People like Martin LaMartina of Depew have been stopping by all day to leave behind mementos.

LaMartina played in the same golf league with Martin. "So, I left a beer for him. I got my check...my income tax return today finally and it was 1,777 dollars, so i think he helped me out with that maybe," LaMartina said. Martin touched the lives of many people throughout the area through his work helping local charities or in just his day to day activities. "Here we come to the last hole and I'm lining up a putt to beat my boyhood idol. Of course I choke because I was nervous...not because of anything he did...he was such an easy going guy. Always had a joke...always had a joke," LaMartina remembered.

Martin is best known as one third of the famed French Connection...and as a legend of Buffalo sports history.... but in the Clarence area where Martin lived, he's remembered as all around good guy. Clarence resident Cheryl Klemenz remembers Martin, "He just had that kind of personality that just rubbed off very positively on people and I think that's hard to find these days, especially in public figures whether it's sports or politics."