Buffalo Sabres Legendary Announcer Rick Jeanneret Passes Away at 81

By | August 19, 2023



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Former Buffalo Sabres Announcer Rick Jeanneret Passes Away at 81

Buffalo, NY – It is with great sadness that the Buffalo Sabres announced the passing of former play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret on Thursday. The beloved voice of the Sabres for more than four decades, Jeanneret was 81 years old at the time of his death.

In a heartfelt statement, Sabres owner Terry Pegula expressed his deep sorrow over Jeanneret’s passing. “Rick was indeed a very special and very loved man, to and by all, who knew him and listened to him, his magic, and his command,” Pegula said. “How glad I am to have known such a remarkable individual.”

Rick Jeanneret’s iconic voice and unparalleled passion for the game of hockey made him a legend in the broadcasting world. Throughout his illustrious career, he became synonymous with the Buffalo Sabres, captivating fans with his exhilarating play-by-play commentary.

Jeanneret’s distinctive style and infectious enthusiasm brought the game to life for millions of viewers and listeners. His unwavering dedication and genuine love for the sport made him an irreplaceable figure in the hockey community.

Born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario, Jeanneret’s journey into broadcasting began in the late 1960s. He joined the Buffalo Sabres organization in 1971 and quickly established himself as the voice of the team, earning a permanent spot in the hearts of fans.


Over the years, Jeanneret’s iconic calls became legendary moments in Sabres history. Whether it was the “May Day” goal by Brad May in the 1993 playoffs or the “La-la-la-la-la Fontaine” chant whenever Pat LaFontaine found the back of the net, Jeanneret had an unmatched ability to capture the excitement and emotion of the game.

Jeanneret’s impact extended beyond the broadcast booth. He was actively involved in community initiatives and charity work throughout his career, earning him the admiration and respect of both players and fans. His kindness and generosity will forever be remembered by those whose lives he touched.

The news of Jeanneret’s passing has brought an outpouring of tributes from across the hockey world. Current and former players, coaches, and colleagues took to social media to express their condolences and share their fondest memories of the legendary broadcaster.

Jeanneret’s legacy will live on through the countless memories he created and the impact he had on the game. His distinctive voice and infectious enthusiasm will forever be etched in the hearts of Buffalo Sabres fans, who considered him an integral part of their hockey experience.

The Buffalo Sabres organization plans to honor Jeanneret’s memory in a special ceremony before an upcoming home game. Details of the tribute will be released in the coming days.

As the hockey world mourns the loss of a broadcasting legend, Rick Jeanneret’s spirit and passion will continue to inspire future generations of announcers and hockey enthusiasts alike. His voice may be silenced, but his legacy will forever resonate in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to witness his greatness.