We have some good news to report after a very scary situation last night.
On Saturday night legendary National Hockey League broadcaster and long time voice of the Buffalo Sabres Rick Jeanneret has suffered some type of episode. It was serious enough that the elderly voice of the Sabres had to be taken out of the broadcast booth on a stretcher, and this during the live broadcast no less.
From the Buffalo News:
Jeanneret, 76, was reportedly feeling light-headed on the air and stopped talking during the broadcast of the game against the Anaheim Ducks.
The broadcast continued with Rob Ray briefly calling play-by-play from between the benches before intermission host Brian Duff moved to the press box to continue to call the action.
Jeanneret has been working a reduced schedule with the Sabres ever since he returned from his battle with throat cancer four years ago and hopefully this is not a sign that he needs to take on even less work in his later years. Jeanneret has been one of the most iconic voices in the game, at least during my lifetime, and is responsible for some of the most memorable calls over the past several years. Losing his voice in the broadcast booth would be terrible for both me personally and no doubt for thousands of other fans around the league and I hope he will make a full and speedy recovery from whatever it is that ails him. That being said Rick is a 76 year old man now and if calling games is going to put his health in serious jeopardy then I really hope that he will take a step back if that is what is necessary.
We still don't know the extent of the damage that was done last night, but we at least have an update from Rick Jeanneret himself. Jeanneret was able to reach out to members of the media this morning and sent out a simple message that just read "Still kicking." We still don't know exactly what it is that happened to him or how serious his situation is at this time, but at the very least fans can rest assured that 76 year old voice of the Sabres wstill has his fighting spirit.