A 7-foot-tall statue of the French Connection will be erected outside the Sabres' arena Oct. 12. One of the players to be immortalized has made a request.
"It’s a great honor to have our statue in front," Gilbert Perreault said today. "Just make sure that you’re going to keep our beautiful faces clean over the years."
Perreault joined former linemate Rene Robert at First Niagara Center for a luncheon and news conference previewing the unveiling. In addition to the statue, there will be plaques placed on bricks with the name of every player who wore Blue and Gold, including the late Richard Martin, the third member of Buffalo's legendary line.
"It’s truly an honor that the new ownership of the Sabres are remembering us, the old players, the alumni and the beginning of the franchise," Robert said. "This has been a long time coming, but it’s nice to see that finally there’s going to be a plaza remembering each and every one of us that played here, whether he played one game or 1,000 games."
John Livsey, Sabres vice president, sales and business development