The iconic voice of the Buffalo Sabres, Rick Jeanneret, has been diagnosed with throat cancer but he said he doesn't intend to stop calling Sabres games next season.
A few weeks back Jeanneret had a biopsy in which it was revealed he had a malignant grown in his throat. The Buffalo News says Jeanneret is expected to have radiation treatment and maybe some chemotherapy. The very good news is that doctors told him he has an 85 percent chance of recovery. Also from the News:
"I consider this to be a bump in the road and am fully intending to come back and fulfill my obligations to the Sabres," he said. "I know there is going to be a lot of concern. All I can do is ask everybody to please allow me and my family to keep this as private as possible. We will provide updates through the team."
The Sabres released a statement regarding Jeanneret's health.
The Buffalo Sabres are deeply saddened to learn of Rick Jeanneret's cancer diagnosis. RJ has been a vital part of the Sabres family and the Buffalo community for 43 years and this news undoubtedly weighs heavily on everyone who has had the privilege of listening to his broadcasts through the years.
As he begins treatment in the coming weeks, we will continue to keep RJ, his wife, Sandra, his mother, Kay, his sister, Marcia, his children, Mark and Chris, his stepdaughter, Shelly, and his grandchildren in our thoughts. We wish RJ a full and speedy recovery and know his tenacity will serve him well in his fight.
Jeanneret has been calling Sabres games for 43 years and is one of the most identifable voices in the game as well as being one of the broadcasters most closely associated with the franchise he covers.
He's also one of the most beloved. There has been a ton of support already for Jeanneret, so much so that the Sabres created an email (GetWellRJ@sabres.com) just for the well wishes. Former Sabre Ryan Miller sent his well wishes in another form.
Thoughts are with Rick Jeanneret. I hope everyone lets him know how much he is loved & that we believe in him in his fight against cancer.— Ryan Miller (@RyanMiller3039) July 2, 2014
Jeanneret had already seen his work load begin to lesson recently as his amount of games were cut down to 47, which are probably 35 fewer than all Sabres fans would like.
While we say get well soon to Jeanneret and hope he's able to return to the booth sooner rather than later, we take this chance to look back at one of our favorite broadcasting memories in recent seasons when Jeanneret called a game from between the benches and got a little more involved.