BUFFALO, N.Y. — The longtime voice of the Buffalo Sabres hasn’t been silenced after being wheeled out of the press field on a stretcher.
Rick Jeanneret is “resting and doing nicely,” the Sabres introduced Sunday, about 12 hours after the Corridor of Fame broadcaster was transported to the hospital through the third interval of Buffalo’s victory over the Anaheim Geese.
And, the staff added, the 76-year-old Jeanneret already is trying ahead to returning to the printed sales space following the NHL’s three-day Christmas break.
The replace took place an hour after The Athletic reported that Jeanneret texted the publication, writing: “Nonetheless kicking.”
The Sabres didn’t reveal the rationale why Jeanneret was hospitalized. He overcame throat most cancers in 2014 and was fitted with a pacemaker in 2016.
“On behalf of Rick and his household, we might like to thank everybody for his or her ideas and prayers,” the Sabres stated. “Rick seems to be ahead to being again within the sales space after the break.”
It was not clear precisely when Jeanneret would return to work. His age and well being have led Jeanneret to reduce his schedule and name about half of the Sabres’ 82-game schedule.
The Sabres subsequent play at St. Louis on Thursday. Their subsequent dwelling recreation is Saturday towards Boston.
Jeanneret has achieved play-by-play of Sabres video games both on radio or tv since 1971, the longest tenure with a single staff in NHL historical past. He was honored by the Hockey Corridor of Fame with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 2012.
Jeanneret opened the printed Saturday night time wearing a crimson Santa Claus go well with and a white beard. He was strolling across the press field between the second and third durations.
He referred to as the primary two minutes of the third earlier than the printed went silent for about 20 seconds and coloration commentator Rob Ray took over the play-by-play. Pregame and postgame host Brian Duff changed Jeanneret and completed the sport
Jeanneret was sitting up as he was being wheeled out.
He is recognized for a booming voice able to going from a low vary to reaching a excessive pitch of pleasure with every scoring likelihood or purpose.
Quite a few Jeanneret’s calls are among the many finest recognized in hockey.
He coined, “La-la-la-la-la-la-LaFontaine!” when former Sabres captain Pat LaFontaine scored throughout his tenure with the staff within the 1990s.
There was Jeanneret’s “Might-Day! Might-Day!” name that got here after Brad Might’s additional time purpose secured Buffalo’s four-game, first-round playoff sweep of the Boston Bruins in April 1993. The purpose sealed the Sabres’ first playoff sequence victory in 10 years.
And amongst his most memorable phrases is when a Sabres participant scores by flipping a puck excessive into the online, by describing it as: “Prime shelf, the place momma hides the cookies.”