BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo broadcaster Rick Jeanneret, who's been calling Sabres games for more than 40 years, has been diagnosed with throat cancer.
The 71-year-old Jeanneret is expected to have radiation treatment and hopes to call games next season. Doctors have told him he has a good chance of recovery.
Jeanneret says he'll provide updates on his treatment through the team, which has set up a dedicated email address — GetWellRJ@sabres.com — for fans to send well-wishes.
"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," the Sabres said.
Jeanneret, who received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award two years ago for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster, started calling games in the 1971-72 season.