Longtime Sabres Announcer Leaves Game On A Stretcher

BUFFALO – Rick Jeanneret, the play-by-play announcer for the Buffalo Sabres, left Saturday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks on a stretcher from causes that have not been determined

During the third period of Saturday’s game, Jeanneret showed signs of a possible illness, feeling light-headed and not speaking during play for a pro-longed amount of time.

Jeanneret was removed from the KeyBank Center in a stretcher shortly after his symptoms occurred.

Buffalo would end up winning the game, 3-0.

The 76 year old has been the play-by-play announcer for Sabres hockey since 1971, announcing during the days of The French Connection, and their Stanley Cup appearances in 1974-75, and 1998-99.

He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and has the longest tenure with one NHL team ever.

Back in 2014, Jeanneret did have a bout with throat cancer, though he would end up fully recovering. He also has a pacemaker for a slow pulse.

Buffalo will be back in action on Thursday, as they will take on the St. Louis Blues on the road at 8 p.m.

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