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René Robert (1948–2021), NHL star with the Buffalo Sabres

by Linnea Crowther

René Robert was a Canadian hockey player who was a member of the Buffalo Sabres’ forward line of the 1970s known as “The French Connection.”

NHL career

Robert’s NHL debut was in 1970 with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1971 and then to the Buffalo Sabres in 1972. It was with the Sabres that Robert would become a star as the right winger on the famed “French Connection” forward line, helping lead the team to their first Stanley Cup appearance in 1975. Robert is remembered for an overtime goal in Game 3 of that Stanley Cup, the notorious “Fog Game.” In the 1974-’75 season, Robert scored 100 points, the first player in Sabres history to do so. He was traded to the Colorado Rockies in 1979, then played a final season with the Maple Leafs in 1981-’82. Along with Gilbert Perrault and Rick Martin, Robert was immortalized in 2012 with a “French Connection” bronze statue outside the Sabres’ arena.

Tributes to René Robert

Full obituary: The Buffalo News


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