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Buffalo Sabres Honor French Connection with Statue in New ‘Alumni Plaza’

July 13th, 2012 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Sabres announced Thursday that the Famous French Connection line will be honored with a statue in the middle of the new 'Alumni Plaza.' The team plans to unveil the statue on Oct. 12 in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the French Connection playing together in 1972.

 

"History has always been an extremely important facet of our organization's philosophy," Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black said in a press release. "We hope this statue and the surrounding 'Alumni Plaza' will serve as a proper tribute to all the great players who have made this franchise what it is today, while also serving as an inspiration to future Sabres fans and players that will keep us a strong and successful team for years to come."

'220-1' photo (c) 2011, grilled cheese - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/ The picture that will be used for the statue is one that was taken by Ron Moscati during a playoff game in 1975. The picture features all three players of the French Connection which is a rare shot as the three were hardly ever photographed in the same time together while in action. 

 

"When the project was in its conceptual stage, Mr. Pegula made it very clear he wanted the statue to be based on an actual image as opposed to a fictional pose," Sabres Vice President of Creative Services Frank Cravotta said in a press release. "We were lucky to come across such a great photo that provided a great visual to work with."

The statue will be located in the center of the plaza where the team holds a viewing party for fans to watch playoff games and other important games. The plaza will soon be labeled the 'Alumni Plaza' where all former players of the team will be honored with plaques stationed in brick columns throughout the plaza.

More information on the statue can be found here.

 

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