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The ultimate Buffalo Sabre, Gilbert Perreault played his entire 17-year career with the Sabres, retiring as their all-time career leader in games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals, and shots on goal (still standing). Touted as the original Buffalo Sabre, Perreault in essence defines Buffalo hockey as the first player ever to be drafted by the team back at the time of their inception into the NHL (1970). In his rookie season, Perreault claimed the Calder Trophy as his own after earning the status of Rookie-of-the-Year. Aside from the Calder Trophy, Perreault was presented with this fine wooden plaque from the Sporting News with attached plate with raised lettering in gold: “The Sporting News 1970-71, NHL East Division, Rookie of the Year Award - Gilbert Perreault, Buffalo Sabres” with facsimile signature of The Sporting News’ publisher, C.C. Johnson Spink. This beauty is in NRMT condition with virtually no scratches or chips to the wood. LOA from Perreault.
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