Legendary Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret has been diagnosed with throat cancer. The 71-year-old, who has been broadcasting Sabres games for the past 43 years, will be taking a break to fight the cancer.
Jeanneret said he that he had a biopsy done three weeks ago, and two weeks ago he was told that the golf ball-sized growth in his throat was malignant. Jeanneret is expected to start radiation treatment for six or seven weeks, with chemotherapy a possibility.
Jeanneret told the Buffalo News, “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.”
He has been told by his doctors in Hamilton, Ontario that he has stage III cancer and has an 85 percent chance of recovery.
The Buffalo Sabres have released this statement regarding the issue:
“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 has also set up a dedicated email address, GetWellRJ@sabres.com, for fans to send well-wishes and notes of encouragement.”