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A Legend ... get well soon 

 

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The longtime voice of the Buffalo Sabres hasn't been silenced after being wheeled out of the press box on a stretcher.

Rick Jeanneret is "resting and doing well," the Sabres announced Sunday, about 12 hours after the Hall of Fame broadcaster was transported to the hospital during the third period of Buffalo's victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

And, the team added, the 76-year-old Jeanneret already is looking forward to returning to the broadcast booth following the NHL's three-day Christmas break.

The update came about an hour after The Athletic reported that Jeanneret texted the publication, writing: "Still kicking."

The Sabres did not reveal the reason why Jeanneret was hospitalized. He overcame throat cancer in 2014 and was fitted with a pacemaker in 2016.

"On behalf of Rick and his family, we'd like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers," the Sabres said. "Rick looks forward to being back in the booth after the break."

It was not clear exactly when Jeanneret would return to work. His age and health have led Jeanneret to cut back his schedule and call about half of the Sabres' 82-game schedule.

The Sabres next play at St. Louis on Thursday. Their next home game is Saturday against Boston.

Jeanneret has done play-by-play of Sabres games either on radio or television since 1971, the longest tenure with a single team in NHL history. He was honoured by the Hockey Hall of Fame with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 2012.

Jeanneret opened the broadcast Saturday night dressed in a red Santa Claus suit and a white beard. He was walking around the press box between the second and third periods.

He called the first two minutes of the third before the broadcast went silent for about 20 seconds and colour commentator Rob Ray took over the play-by-play. Pregame and postgame host Brian Duff replaced Jeanneret and finished the game

Jeanneret was sitting up as he was being wheeled out.

He's known for a booming voice capable of going from a low range to reaching a high pitch of excitement with each scoring chance or goal.

A number of Jeanneret's calls are among the best known in hockey.

He coined, "La-la-la-la-la-la-LaFontaine!" when former Sabres captain Pat LaFontaine scored during his tenure with the team in the 1990s.

There was Jeanneret's "May-Day! May-Day!" call that came after Brad May's overtime goal secured Buffalo's four-game, first-round playoff sweep of the Boston Bruins in April 1993. The goal sealed the Sabres' first playoff series victory in 10 years.

And among his most memorable phrases is when a Sabres player scores by flipping a puck high into the net, by describing it as: "Top shelf, where momma hides the cookies."

 

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sad reality, there is such a thing as being "too old" for broadcasting. hopefully he takes this as a time to just retire and enjoy whatever time he has left with friends and family. there is life beyond hockey and broadcasting. i dont care what someone's "passion" is.you really should not being working at 76 years old. let the confused reacts rain upon me, but this is the cold hard truth

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18 minutes ago, Twilight Sparkle said:

sad reality, there is such a thing as being "too old" for broadcasting. hopefully he takes this as a time to just retire and enjoy whatever time he has left with friends and family. there is life beyond hockey and broadcasting. i dont care what someone's "passion" is.you really should not being working at 76 years old. let the confused reacts rain upon me, but this is the cold hard truth

For some their work is their only real passion in life. Taking it away from them kills their soul and that ends up shortening their lifespan. Won't get into it but I have lost a loved one like this. 

 

I guess at the end of the day you never know what could end up killing a person. 

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42 minutes ago, Twilight Sparkle said:

sad reality, there is such a thing as being "too old" for broadcasting. hopefully he takes this as a time to just retire and enjoy whatever time he has left with friends and family. there is life beyond hockey and broadcasting. i dont care what someone's "passion" is.you really should not being working at 76 years old. let the confused reacts rain upon me, but this is the cold hard truth

I somewhat agree with you. There are some jobs that you can never be too old for though. Commentating is one of them. As long as you got a healthy voice, you're fine. Obviously being relatively healthy and all.

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https://buffalonews.com/2018/12/23/jeanneret-after-health-scare-i-feel-pretty-good-now/

 

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The scary news about Buffalo Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret Saturday night appeared to be good news Sunday morning.

 

“I’m still here,” said Jeanneret, laughing and in good spirits from his hospital room Sunday morning. “I’m OK, I feel pretty good now.”

 

“He is awake and alert and appears to be good,” said Jeanneret’s wife Sandra.

 

Jeanneret put quite a scare into Sabres country during the third period of the team’s 3-0 win over Anaheim Saturday night in Key Bank Center when his voice became low and he ultimately went silent before first analyst Rob Ray and then game host Brian Duff took over the play-by-play duties.

 

The broadcast didn’t address Jeanneret’s condition as the game and post-game proceeded, partly because team officials didn’t want to violate HIPAA medical privacy laws.

 

"We certainly understand the fans' desire for information, but we were dealing with a medical emergency," said Mark Preisler, the executive vice president of media and content for Pegula Sports and Entertainment. "Beyond the issue of HIPAA laws, there is also a human element. We certainly needed to get to his family first and foremost. We are thankful for the care from all medical personnel and look forward to RJ being back in the booth as soon as possible."

 

Jeanneret understandably didn’t want to go into detail about his medical condition.

 

“They’re not exactly sure what it was,” said Jeanneret. “They ruled out the heart. The ticker is fine.”

 

As soon as he realized he was in trouble, Jeanneret said he called down to the broadcast truck to get somebody up in the booth. He was told he passed out. When he awoke he was surrounded by medical personnel.

 

As soon as he realized he was in trouble, Jeanneret said he called down to the broadcast truck to get somebody up in the booth. He was told he passed out. When he awoke he was surrounded by medical personnel.

 

His wife was watching the game in their home in Canada and realized something was wrong, too.

“I heard his voice and it was not what I am used to hearing,” she said. “When he went silent, I definitely knew something was wrong. He’s a dedicated man and I knew that it had to be something significant for him to stop talking.”

 

Jeanneret was wheeled out on a stretcher and taken to Buffalo General Medical Center, where he stayed overnight.

 

The incident occurred after he was dressed in a Santa Claus costume until the end of the first period. After his youngest grandchild saw him in the costume, he took it off and everything was fine in the second period. But that changed in the third period.

 

Did he think Santa Claus had anything to do with it?

 

“I don’t know that,” he said with a laugh, adding the possibility the outfit might have had something to do with it was discussed. “I was unusually warm in the outfit and I’m usually cold up there. I hesitate to blame Santa Claus. It is a bad time of year to do that. I had a fun time doing Santa Claus. I hope it didn’t lead to it.”

 

Jeanneret and his wife were appreciative of the outpouring of support and prayers locally and nationally as fans and out-of-town broadcasters learned what happened.

 

“I continue to be amazed so many people really care about me,” said Jeanneret. “God bless them. They got me through cancer and getting a pacemaker and they are getting me through this. I’ll be fine.”

 

“It is very, very touching,” said his wife. “I wish I could respond to everyone. God bless them all. If prayers work, Rick is going to be fine.”

 

However, she was not thrilled to hear about all the speculation in the media about her husband’s medical condition.

 

“I wish people would stop finishing the story and put it out in social media,” she said. “Wait for the facts.”

 

Barring some complications after all the facts come in, Jeanneret doesn’t even expect to miss a game he is scheduled to work. He isn’t scheduled to work until next Saturday when Boston visits Key Bank Center.

 

“I fully intend to work as scheduled,” said Jeanneret.

 

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