The Sabres just held a brief news conference to remember Rick Martin, with Lindy Ruff, Larry Playfair, Mike Robitaille, Rob Ray and Terry Pegula sharing thoughts on the Buffalo hockey legend.
The full audio file is below.
"We lost a heck of a good guy," said Ruff, who played with Martin and hired him as an assistant coach. "It's a tough one to take."
Said Playfair, president of the Sabres' alumni: "Whatever he could do for the community he did. Most of you saw that."
Pegula, who spent his first game as owner in late February watching the proceedings with Martin and French Connection linemates Gilbert Perreault and Rene Robert, remembers Martin as the happiest member of the trio, always smiling.
"We had a lot of plans," Pegula said as his eyes welled. "Now there will be an empty chair."