LOS ANGELES -- Three members of the Buffalo Sabres' Rafters Club for retired jerseys were named Friday night to the NHL100, the league's top 100 players of all time.
Centers Gilbert Perreault and Pat LaFontaine and goaltender Dominik Hasek all received the honors during ceremonies in Microsoft Theater as part of the NHL's All-Star Weekend. Defenseman Tim Horton, whose number is also retired by the Sabres after his untimely death in 1974, was named among the first group of 33 players to the top 100 on Jan. 1.
Perreault was named one of eight centers representing the 1970s, along with Bobby Clarke, Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito, Jacques Lemaire, Stan Mikita, Jean Ratelle and Darryl Sittler.
LaFontaine, who played for the Sabres from 1991-1997, was named a 1980s center for his accomplishments with the New York Islanders starting in 1984. He was joined by Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Denis Savard, Peter Stastny and former Islanders teammate and Sabres assistant coach Bryan Trottier.
Hasek was named among the top goaltenders of the 1990s with Montreal's Patrick Roy.
Perreault, the franchise's No. 1 overall pick in 1970, played 1,191 games and finished with 1,326 points (512 goals, 814 assists). More than 30 years after retiring from the club, the 66-year-old remains the franchise leader in all four categories. He's currently 27th on the all-time assist lists, 33rd in points and 40th in goals.
Hasek started his career in Chicago, won his Stanley Cup in Detroit but made his name in Buffalo from 1992-2001. The Dominator is second on the Sabres' all-time list in wins (234), first in goals-against average and save percentage (2.22/.926) and the leader in shutouts (55). On the NHL rolls, he's 13th in wins (389), third in save percentage (.922) and seventh in GAA (2.20).
Injuries limited LaFontaine to 268 games in Buffalo from 1991-1997 but his impact on and off the ice has never been forgotten by fans of the Blue and Gold. Best known for his franchise marks of 95 assists and 148 points in 1992-93, he teamed with 76-goal scorer Alexander Mogilny for the most lethal single-season combo in franchise history.
LaFontaine played 530 games with the Islanders, setting a career high of 54 goals in 1989-90. The league designated players from a team and the choice thus had nothing to do with his sudden exit from the Sabres' organization after less than five months as president in 2013-14. He is sixth all-time in goals and ninth in points among U.S. born players.
South Buffalo native Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, a three-time Stanley Cup winner who is only 28, was named as one of six current players to the NHL100. He was joined by teammates Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith, Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, Florida's Jaromir Jagr and Washington's Alex Ovechkin.
Edmonton goalie Grant Fuhr, who played 64 games for the Sabres from 1992-94 before Hasek took over the No. 1 job for keeps, was named a 1980s goaltending legend.