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It's 7-11-14: Wishing you a Happy French Connection Day!

The French Connection statue in Alumni Plaza. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

By Mike Harrington

So with today being July 11, 2014 -- 7/11/14 -- there's no better time to remember The French Connection, the greatest line in Sabres history and one of the best the NHL has ever seen.

Click below to read about the careers of each and click here to read my story from 2012 on the unveiling of the French Connection statue in Alumni Plaza at First Niagara Center.

No. 7 -- Rick Martin

No. 11 -- Gilbert Perreault ... Perreault statistics from the Hall of Fame site

No. 14 -- Rene Robert

Sometimes it's just plain better to zip it and tell you to watch the videos. I found a couple of wild vintage ones on YouTube, plus the emotional greeting the line gave Terry Pegula on the night in 2011 he took over the team. It was the last public appearance for Martin, who died less than a month later. 


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Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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