Sabres Share Memories Of Martin

March 14, 2011 Updated Mar 14, 2011 at 8:31 AM EDT

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March 14, 2011 Updated Mar 14, 2011 at 8:31 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula was joined by coach Lindy Ruff, and Sabres alumni player Larry Playfair in remembering Rick Martin.

The legendary #7 was part of the famed "French Connection' in the early years of the franchise.

The Sabres issued a statement today on his passing:

The Buffalo Sabres are saddened to announce the passing of Buffalo Sabres Hall of Famer and member of the famed French Connection, Rick Martin. Rick was not only one of the greatest players in franchise history, he was a great friend to the Sabres organization and the entire community. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Sabres organization go out to his wife Mikey and their two sons, Corey and Josh.

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