Gilbert “Gil” Perreault (November 13, 1950-) is known as the original Sabre, as he was the first player drafted in Buffalo’s first season; he’s the first Sabre to score a power play goal and is the first Sabre to record a hat trick. Perreault played left wing for 17 seasons with the Buffalo Sabre (1970-1987) and holds career franchise regular seasons records in goals, assists, points, game-winning goals and shots on goal. The Sabres selected Gilbert with the Number 1 overall pick of the 1970 NHL Entry Draft, and he quickly settled in, in Buffalo, as he scored 38 goals and 34 assists en route to the 1917 Calder Trophy as the NHL Rookie of the Year. Perreault played center on the Sabres’ famed “French Connection” line alongside Rick Martin and Rene Robert (all three were natives of the French-Canadian Province of Quebec). From 1975-1985, he led Buffalo to eleven consecutive playoff appearances and fell to the defending Stanley Cup Champion Philadelphia Flyers in the 1975 title series. . Gilbert was held in high regard amongst his contemporary, as Hall of Famer Phil Esposito named Perreault as the likely candidate to surpass his 76 goals in 78 games record. The brilliant stickhandler, sniper and playmaker was the 1973 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy recipient, honoring the player who displays the most gentlemanly conduct on the ice. He played in six NHL All-Star Games and played for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union. Gilbert Perreault finished his career with 512 goals, including 81 game winners, and 814 assists in 1,191 career games. Gilbert Perreault was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990.