Gilbert Perreault is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey centre who played for 17 seasons with the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres. He was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990. Known for his ability to stickhandle in close quarters, he is regarded as one of the most skillful playmaking centres of all time. He was the first draft pick of the Sabres in their inaugural season in the NHL. He is well known as the centre man for the prolific trio of Sabres forwards known as The French Connection. In 2017 Perreault was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history. Perreault was a standout junior hockey player who went on to become a nine-time NHL All-Star, two-time official NHL All-Star Team selection, a Calder Memorial Trophy winner, a Lady Byng Trophy winner and a Hockey Hall of Famer.
About Gilbert Perreault
Hall of Fame center who spent his entire 17-year career with the Buffalo Sabres, scoring 512 goals and tallying 814 assists - both of which became franchise records. He played in eight All-Star games and received the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 1971.
He played junior hockey for the Montreal Jr. Canadiens in the Ontario Hockey League before he was selected first overall in the 1970 NHL Draft by the Sabres.
In 1973, he received the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for exemplifying the best sportsmanship across the league.
He had two sons named Marc-Andre and Sean with his wife Carmen.
He, Rick Martin and Rene Robert combined to make up the exciting "French Connection" line for the Sabres in the '70s.
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