The year of 2021 has been incredibly difficult for athletes. It seems as if this year more than ever professional athletes have passed away. Whether it is the NFL, NBA, MLB or the NHL, there have been far too many deaths in 2021.
Unfortunately, tragedy has most recent struck the Buffalo Sabres as former right winger Rene Robert passed away today. Robert played 12 seasons in the National Hockey League between 1970 and 1982. Robert was selected to two National Hockey League All-Star Games (1972–73, 1974–75) and was selected as the Second NHL All-Star Team right wing in 1974–75.
Aside from the Sabres, Robert also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins along with other now defunct teams.
In other NHL news, former Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller officially retired from the NHL last month. Upon retiring, Miller holds the record for the most career wins by an American goalie with 391. He also owns the record for most shootout wins in a single season by a goaltender with 10.