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Rick Jeanneret is ready to hang up the headset.
The legendary play-by-play announcer for the Buffalo Sabres announced Friday that he will close out a career which already spans a half century at the end of this season. To officially bid farewell, Jeanneret will call only a limited number of games from his perch inside the Ted Darling Memorial Press Box at KeyBank Center.
The NHL's longest-tenured announcer, Jeanneret's 2021-22 season will be his his 51st on the microphone.
Buffalo released this message from the 79-year-old:
A Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Jeanneret originally joined the Sabres in 1971 on radio before switching to television 24 years later. He's been the primary voice of the organization since, recently splitting carries with veteran broadcaster Dan Dunleavy.
Jeanneret has lent his voice to the greatest moments (and lowest moments) in the history of the Sabres, and many of his legendary calls (including "MAY DAY!" and "La-La-La-La-La-La LAFONTAINE!") are included in this video from the Sabres published early last year.
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