The Buffalo Sabres may not be a big marquee name in professional hockey, but they have one of the most well-known and beloved broadcasters in the game, Rick Jeanneret.
Today it was announced that Jeanneret, 71, has been diagnosed with throat cancer following a biopsy done three weeks ago.
According to Jeanneret, he will undergo radiation and possibly chemotherapy, but he has every intention of returning to the broadcast booth in time for next season.
"I would like to stress I have every intention of coming back," Jeanneret said. "I have probably three months ahead of me that aren't going to be fun. I know they aren't going to be.
"I consider this to be a bump in the road and am fully intending to come back and fulfill my obligations to the Sabres. I know there is going to be a lot of concern. All I can do is ask everybody to please allow me and my family to keep this as private as possible. We will provide updates through the team."
His doctors told him there is an 85-percent chance of recovery.
The Sabres meanwhile issued a statement of their own and created an e-mail address -- GetWellRJ@sabres.com -- for fans to send get-well wishes and notes of encouragement:
"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."
Jeanneret has been the voice of the Buffalo Sabres for 43 years.
To hear some classic Rick Jeanneret calls, check out this Top 10 on YouTube.
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