Report: Sabres announcer Rick Jeanneret has throat cancer

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During his distinctive and distinguished career, Rick Jeanneret has become famous for colorful calls such as "Top shelf, where momma hides the cookies!"

Awful news out of Buffalo this morning, where it was reported that beloved Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret has throat cancer.

Jeanneret, who is more legend than man to the city's hockey fans, has been the voice of the Sabres games on radio or television for 43 years. He learned of his condition two weeks ago when a biopsy revealed that a golf ball-sized growth in his throat was malignant.

But the 71-year-old says this won't be the end of his Hall of Fame career.

“I would like to stress I have every intention of coming back,” he told the Buffalo News, adding that he has an 85 percent chance of recovery after chemotherapy.

"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.”

The Sabres have set up an email address to allow fans to wish Jeanneret well: GetWellRJ@sabres.com.

All our best to Rick and his family, and here's hoping he's back in the booth soon. It wouldn't be Sabres hockey without him.


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