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Sabres broadcasting legend Rick Jeanneret dies at 81

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  • Kyle Evans 

Legendary Buffalo Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret passed away Thursday at the age of 81, the team announced.

“It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, Rick Jeanneret, Hall of Fame broadcaster for the Buffalo Sabres,” the team said in a statement. “Rick died on August 17, 2023, with his family by his side after a two-year battle with multi-organ failures. He will be loved forever.”


Jeanneret, who called Sabres games from 1971 until his retirement in 2022, was inducted into the Sabres Hall of Fame in 2011, the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, and the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame one year later.