Buffalo Sabers legend René Robert has died at 72 – .

René Robert, Buffalo Sabers’ French Connection winger, hospitalized – .

Buffalo has lost a legend.
The Sabers announced on Tuesday that beloved winger René Robert has died aged 72.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of René Robert, a beloved former pupil of the Sabers. The entire organization and community in Western New York City pray for the Robert family and cherish the memories he made in Buffalo, ”the team wrote on Twitter.

Acquired by the Sabers in a deal that sent Eddie Shack to Pittsburgh in 1972, Robert completed one of the most productive lines in NHL history called “The French Connection.” Robert played on the right wing alongside left winger Rick Martin and Hockey Hall of Fame center Gilbert Perreault on a line that earned him his nickname because all three were from Quebec.

Robert has scored a career-high 40 goals twice in his seven-plus seasons at Buffalo.

He was traded to the Colorado Rockies in 1979 and ended his career with Toronto in 1981-82.

In 524 games with Buffalo, Robert has registered 222 goals and 552 points. In total, he finished with 284 goals and 702 points in 744 NHL games.

Robert returned to live in Buffalo after his retirement and eventually had his driveway built from pieces of the Memorial Auditorium after the former Saber House was demolished in 2009.

The Sabers commemorated the French Connection by erecting a statue of the three players which stands in a plaza outside their arena. Their numbers have also been removed and their names hang from the rafters of the arena.

Robert was hospitalized last week in Florida.

More soon.


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