The Buffalo Sabres are preparing to lose an icon to retirement. But our thoughts as prayers are with Rick Jeanneret as he has been diagnosed with throat cancer. [Buffalo News].
If you ask anyone about the Buffalo Sabres – they will know who Rick Jeanneret is. Don’t call him the voice of the Sabres – he will tell you that was Ted Darling. But Rick Jeanneret has been calling Buffalo Sabres hockey games for the life of the franchise, and he is just as much a part of the rebuilding plan as prospects that haven’t joined the system yet.
He plans to return to the broadcast booth after recovery, adhering to the limited schedule that he was going to be on as part of his retirement plan.
The stage three cancer is treatable, and the 71 year old Jeanneret plans on being back in the saddle.
His return to play-by-play for the organization is open-ended in his opinion.
Which is a good thing. Even after he retires from broadcasting – if he is still able and the Buffalo Sabres threaten to win the Stanley Cup – you know Rick Jeanneret has to be the one to make the call. I think he has earned that honor to announce, with all the flair and glamour that is RJ, within seconds of the play that seals the deal, that the Buffalo Sabres are indeed Stanley Cup Champions. At this point you could consider it his birthright.
RJ and family have asked for privacy during this time – so that him and family can get through the trying time. Updates will come from the Buffalo Sabres on his care and well being. The Buffalo Sabres family has set up an email address [email protected] for fans that would like to send a message of well wishes to the Sabres play-by-play front man.
Love him or hate him, RJ is a big part of the Buffalo Sabres – and he expects to be around for as long as he can.
God speed RJ – get well soon.