Rick Jeanneret to be in broadcast booth for all 82 Sabres games
Buffalo Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret will be in the broadcast booth for all 82 games next season. That's a change from the past few seasons, where the veteran broadcaster took a reduced role behind the microphone, calling fewer games.
Jeanneret signed a new, multi-year contract with the team earlier this month.
“Having RJ return to call a full schedule of games next season is great news for our organization and even better news for our fans,” Sabres President Ted Black said in a statement. “We are so lucky to have a Hall-of-Fame talent around on a full-time basis again and, after his new contract extension, for years to come on our broadcasts.”
Jeanneret, the longest-tenured broadcaster in hockey, will be embarking on his 41st season behind the microphone for the Sabres in 2012-13. He will be joined by Rob Ray, who has also signed on to serve as the full-time color analyst for the Sabres broadcast team for all 82 games next season.
As this year’s recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, the most prestigious award given to hockey broadcasters, Jeanneret will be officially honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame in a ceremony in November.
Jeanneret was inducted into the Sabres Hall of Fame in 2011 and will be inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame later this year.