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There is only one Rick Jeanneret...
And Evanka Osmak of Sportsnet does her Jeanneret impression below...
from John Law of QMI AGENCY at the Toronto Sun,
When the cancer diagnosis came, Jeanneret was defiant. He wasn’t going to let this be how his career ended. It would be on his terms.
The first couple radiation treatments felt fine. Then the pain hit. And the pain medication followed, which Jeanneret was told was “20 times stronger than heroin.”
In all, there were 33 radiation treatments over seven weeks. He stopped eating solid foods Aug. 15 and just recently resumed. He lost 43 pounds.
“Even though they tell you what’s going to happen, it’s the unknown,” he says.
“I can tell you, there were some dark times. Anybody who’s been through it knows what I’m talking about. You’re sitting there wondering, ‘Is this working? Am I going through all this pain and everything only to be told at the end it didn’t work and you’re dying anyway?’ Whether you try to bar those thoughts from your mind, they’re there.”
Why? Rick Jeanneret returned for the first period of the game last night after battling throat cancer.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (November 14, 2014) – The Buffalo Sabres today announced that Hall of Fame broadcaster Rick Jeanneret will rejoin the Sabres broadcast team to call the first period of the Sabres-Maple Leafs game on Nov. 15. The game, which begins at 7 p.m. on MSG, will be the Foster Hewitt Award winner’s first game since being treated for throat cancer in early September.
“The time seems right to slowly begin transitioning back to work,” Jeanneret said. “My doctors have told me I’m cancer free and I’m feeling well enough to get back in the booth, even if it’s only on a limited basis for the time being. The kindness and well-wishes from everyone, especially Sabres fans and the Western New York community, has been overwhelming and I’m truly grateful for the tremendous support during this process.”
from Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News,
“It’s been a long grind, that’s for sure,” Jeanneret added. “And I am still grinding.”
The last of his 33 radiation treatments was Sept. 9.
“You don’t feel the radiation,” he said. “It’s the results of the radiation that you feel. They target the specific area where the cancer is.”
He said the doctors must wait eight weeks after radiation ends before seeing whether the treatments succeeded. He previously had been told that he has a 75 percent chance of recovery.
Jeanneret remains optimistic that he will return to call games this season, but there is no timetable as the team prepares to start the regular National Hockey League season on Thursday without him at the microphone.
“I still have throat issues, it is very sore,” he said. “A lot of people have said my voice sounds stronger than they expected it to. It doesn’t sound so strong from my mind though.”
He estimates his voice is at only about 50 percent, which seemed accurate from the telephone conversation.
I’m among thousands of friends letting him know that I’m thinking of him and wishing him a speedy recovery. Knowing him, he’ll approach cancer like a minor nuisance before returning to work. He may be back with a different voice but, mark his words, he will be back.
And we’ll be listening.
-Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News on Rick Jeanneret. Read more from Gleason...
from Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres broadcasting legend Rick Jeanneret has been diagnosed with throat cancer.
In a telephone interview Tuesday, the 71-year-old member of multiple Halls of Fame said he had a biopsy three weeks ago in Canada and was told two weeks ago that a golf ball-sized growth in his throat was malignant.
Jeanneret, who has been broadcasting Sabres games either on radio or television for 43 years, expects to have radiation treatment for six or seven weeks and possibly chemotherapy. His doctors in Hamilton, Ont., have told him that it is stage III cancer and that he has an 85 percent chance of recovery. He is meeting with them again Thursday.
“I would like to stress I have every intention of coming back,” said Jeanneret. “I have probably three months ahead of me that aren’t going to be fun. I know they aren’t going to be.”
added 7:37am, Statement from the Buffalo Sabres is below...
Elevator problems in Buffalo forced Jeanneret to call the game from ice level...
BUFFALO, N.Y. (August 8, 2013) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced that Rick Jeanneret, hockey’s longest-tenured broadcaster, has signed a new, three-year contract with the team to remain its primary play-by-play voice. The Sabres Hall-of-Famer will call an increasingly reduced number of games during the next three seasons before stepping away from the microphone for good. Veteran broadcaster Dan Dunleavy has been added to the Sabres broadcast team and will serve as Jeanneret’s substitute before assuming the primary play-by-play duties for the 2016-17 season.
Rick Jeanneret, TV voice of the Buffalo Sabres, today was named the Foster Hewitt Award winner and Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail is the Elmer Ferguson recipient.
Both are well deserving of the awards and they have provided me with many words, both spoken and written that I will never forget.
from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
Rick Jeanneret’s passion for his job is obvious. Just listen to him.
Even on Tuesday night, when the Buffalo Sabres broadcaster was inducted into the Sabres Hall of Fame along with Dale Hawerchuk, Jeanneret concluded his remarks in the pregame ceremony by telling the crowd “No. 1, this is the only job I’ve ever wanted and No. 2 this is the only place I ever wanted to be. From my lips to your ears, thanks for listening.”
Then he hurried up to his broadcast booth to call the Sabres 6-5 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets.
Jeanneret is the longest tenured play-by-play man in the NHL. He celebrated the 40th anniversary of his first game last month and has called more than 3,500 regular-season and playoff games.
continued and watch Jeanneret’s most memorable calls below…
It was 20 years ago today that Buffalo lost a tough one, and by the narrowest of margins. The Calgary Flames came into town and beat the Sabres 5-4 at Memorial Auditorium. Rick Dudley was the Sabres head coach, and his assistant was a young and fiery up-and-comer named John Tortorella.
Sabres fans and media were questioning the toughness of Dale Hawerchuk and Pierre Turgeon and the worthiness of their $500,000 salaries. Buffalo media legend Ted Darling was in his final full season in the broadcast booth. There were captaincy issues as Mike Ramsey had just replaced Mike Foligno, who was traded to Toronto. The Sabres were an average team trodding along with 51 points near the end of January.
It so happens that there was another game that day, with a little bit more at stake, that was of interest to Buffalo fans, and for that matter people all over the world.
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from the Buffalo Sabres,
The Buffalo Sabres today announced a $99 Birthday Card offer that includes a limited edition Buffalo Sabres Birthday Card with a pre-recorded Rick Jeanneret audio greeting.
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So says Buffalo Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret.
With all the off-ice news going on today, I thought maybe you would like to think hockey again and pick the top five Rick Jeanneret calls from the 2008-09 season.
If so, head to BuffaloSabres.com and make your choice, video is included…
NHL Network profiles one of the NHL’s signature voices, play-by-play man, Rick Jeanneret, of the Buffalo Sabres, tonight at 7:30pm ET.