Hockey World Mourns Tragic Loss

Austin Sabourin
August 17, 2023  (10:46 PM)

The hockey world is in mourning as we bid farewell to a true legend, Rick Jeanneret, the legendary play-by-play announcer for the Buffalo Sabres. The sad news of his passing was shared by the Sabres organization on Thursday night, casting a shadow over the sports community.

Rick Jeanneret celebrated his 81st birthday on July 23, but the exact reason for his passing remains unknown, leaving fans and colleagues reflecting on his remarkable journey.
Rick Jeanneret had an incredible 51-year career, where he not only called the games but also became a symbol of the Sabres franchise.
Known for his lively and excited style, especially during important goals and intense moments, his impact reached across North America in NHL highlights. His phrases, like the memorable "May Day, May Day" call during Brad May's game-winning playoff goal in 1993, have become a part of hockey history. This unforgettable moment not only brought victory but also ended Buffalo's decade-long playoff drought.
Rick Jeanneret started his broadcasting journey in the 1971-72 NHL season as a radio analyst. He teamed up with Ted Darling, the voice of the Sabres for many years, and later switched to full-time television broadcasting in 1995. His voice echoed through radio and TV broadcasts, alongside colleagues like Jim Lorentz, Harry Neale, and Rob Ray.
As he gradually reduced his broadcasting duties in his later years, he passed on the torch to his successor, Dan Dunleavy, who took on more responsibilities in the booth. The 2021-22 NHL season marked his goodbye, aptly named "RJ's Last Call." Throughout this emotional time, a year-long highlight reel played during broadcasts, honoring his lasting impact. Rick Jeanneret's voice will always be part of hockey history, reminding us of the passion and excitement he brought to the game.
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