LOS ANGELES -- The first order of business at All-Star Weekend comes Friday night in Microsoft Theater with the announcement of the "NHL 100", the top 100 players in the history of the league as chosen by a panel of longtime NHL executives, alumni and media members.
The first 33, players who spent most of their career prior to the 1967 expansion, were announced Jan. 1 during the Centennial Classic in Toronto. Hall of Famer Tim Horton, who was playing for the Sabres until his untimely death in 1974, made that list.
Horton will certainly be joined today by other former members of the Blue and Gold in the ceremony that will be televised on NBC Sports Network beginning at 9:30 Eastern time. Players are not going to be ranked; they will simply be named to the top 100. They will represent teams as chosen by the league.
The Buffalo locks:
Gilbert 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.
Dominik Hasek -- The Dominator started his career in Chicago, won his Stanley Cup in Detroit but made his name in Buffalo from 1992-2001. He's 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).
Likely choices with Sabres ties
Pat LaFontaine -- It's easy to forget that injuries limited him to 268 games in Buffalo from 1991-1997 but his impact on and off the ice has never been forgotten here. 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. He played 530 games with the New York Islanders, setting a career high of 54 goals in 1989-90, and will likely make the NHL 100 in their sweater. Remember, that's a league choice and has nothing to do with his sudden exit from the Sabres organization after less than five months as president in 2013-14. Is sixth all-time in goals and ninth in points among U.S. born players.
Dale Hawerchuk -- Very similar to LaFontaine in that he was very productive in Buffalo (four straight 80+ point seasons from 1990-95) but is best remembered for his much longer stint elsewhere, in this case Winnipeg. He played 713 games for the Jets from 1981-90. He finished with 518 goals, 891 assists and 1,409 points and his all-time ranks in those categories are 36th, 21st and 19th, respectively. His Buffalo totals were 110-275-385.
Other possible choices: Phil Housley, Alexander Mogilny, Rick Martin, Tom Barrasso, Dave Andreychuk, Mike Ramsey.
— Buffalo News Sports (@TBNSports) January 27, 2017