The NHL named Gilbert Perreault one of the top 100 players of all time. There’s now a portrait to prove it.
The NHL released its top-100 list in January as part of its Centennial Celebration. The league is unveiling portraits of honored players every Monday, and this week’s portraits are of Perreault and Montreal’s Jacques Lemaire.
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Renowned sports artist Tony Harris painted all the portraits. Perreault is outfitted in the Sabres’ original blue jersey.
“When I started Gilbert Perreault's painting, I thought about how simple and clean the original uniform was of the Buffalo Sabres and how many changes they made over the years before returning to this initial design," Harris told NHL.com. “I love the logo, a buffalo with two sabres crossed underneath. Brilliant!
“Perreault is such an important part of the team's history and painting his portrait brought back many fond memories of his great career."
Other former Sabres named to the NHL’s top 100 include Dominik Hasek, Pat LaFontaine, Grant Fuhr and Tim Horton.