Legendary Buffalo Sabres Hall-of-Fame play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret dies at 81

By Rick Jabot

Was the longest-tenured broadcaster in the NHL at the time of his retirement in 2022

August 17, 2023

Legendary Buffalo Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret passed away Thursday at the age of 81.

Jeanneret called Sabres games from 1971 until his retirement in 2022 and served as the team’s broadcaster emeritus last season.

RJ was a member of the Sabres Hall of Fame, the Hockey Hall of Fame (as the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Award in 2012), the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and the Township of Terrace Bay, Ontario’s Sports Wall of Fame, and an honorary member of the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame.

Because of his impact on the franchise, Jeanneret is one of only 11 members of the Sabres organization to have a banner raised to the rafters of KeyBank Center in his honor.

Former owners Seymour H. Knox III and Northrup R. Knox, and alumni Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin, Rene Robert, Tim Horton, Danny Gare, Pat LaFontaine, Dominik Hasek and Ryan Miller are the others.

Rick Jeanneret (courtesy Buffalo Sabres Communications)


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