In very sad news, the Sabres announced that longtime beloved Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret has been diagnosed with throat cancer. He plans on continuing to call games next season upon his recovery.
Here's the statement from the Sabres:
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. On behalf of the Jeanneret family, the Sabres are asking for respect of the family’s privacy as RJ undergoes treatment— any inquiries should be directed to Michael Gilbert (firstname.lastname@example.org). The team has also set up a dedicated email address,GetWellRJ@sabres.com, for fans to send well-wishes and notes of encouragement.
Jeanneret has a special place in all of our hearts, and we obviously wish him the best. Hang in their RJ, can't wait you hear you welcome you back into our living rooms when you're able to do the play-by-play once again. Games just aren't the same without you.