A Great Player Goes Too Soon


Rick Martin, one-third of the great French Connection line in Buffalo, (number 7 in the photo), has died in a one-car accident. He was just 59.

Martin spent three years with the Montreal Junior Canadiens, from 1968 to 1971, where he lit it up as a young star. He, along with mates Gilbert Perreault and Rene Robert, would have looked just excellent in a Habs uniform. (That’s Robert and Perreault with Martin in the photo, along with new Sabres owner Terry Pegula).

Myself, and I’m sure all hockey fans, give heartfelt condolences to the Martin family. He was a great player.

6 thoughts on “A Great Player Goes Too Soon”

  1. Hey Dennis,Yes a great fellow goes way to soon.I watched Rick Martin play a game in Vancouver,very exciting to watch,excelent goal scorer.My condolences go out to his family.

  2. My condolences to the Martin family. A class guy, and he and Perreault were amazing to watch. I still remember when the Sabres bounced the Canadiens out of the playoffs in the mid 70s before the run of 4 Cups.

  3. A sad day, thoughts & prayers for the Martin family. Just imagine if all 3 were up for the draft prior to 1967, they would have all worn the bleu blanc et rouge!!!
    Les Canadiens Sont La!!!!

  4. Hi Han. The Sabres were a force back then. They had the great French Connection with other guys like Don Luce and Craig Ramsay. Buffalo’s always been a good hockey town, even before they got an NHL team. And 59 is way too young but unfortunately, we see it all the time.

  5. THey would’ve made fine Montreal Canadiens, Mike. Imagine them as a third line behind Beliveau and Henri Richard centering the first two?

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