Niagara Gazette

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July 2, 2014

Sabres' Jeanneret has cancer

Niagara Gazette — Longtime Buffalo Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret, who has been affiliated with the National Hockey League franchise in every season of its existence except its first one, was recently diagnosed with throat cancer, the team announced Wednesday.

The team released a statement on Wednesday: "The Buffalo Sabres are deeply saddened to learn of Rick Jeanneret’s cancer diagnosis. RJ has been a vital part of the Sabres family and the Buffalo community for 43 years and this news undoubtedly weighs heavily on everyone who has had the privilege of listening to his broadcasts through the years. 

"As he begins treatment in the coming weeks, we will continue to keep RJ, his wife, Sandra, his mother, Kay, his sister, Marcia, his children, Mark and Chris, his stepdaughter, Shelly, and his grandchildren in our thoughts. 

"We wish RJ a full and speedy recovery and know his tenacity will serve him well in his fight. On behalf of the Jeanneret family, the Sabres are asking for respect of the family’s privacy as RJ undergoes treatment."

The team indicated that Jeanneret plans to return to work next season in spite of his diagnosis.

Sabres fans can send notes of encouragement to GetWellRJ@Sabres.com.

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