Buffalo Sabres announcer Rick Jeanneret hospitalized during broadcast

Buffalo Sabres announcer Rick Jeanneret fell ill during the broadcast of Saturday’s game and was taken to a local hospital.

Jeanneret stopped talking early in the third period of a 3-0 victory against the Anaheim Ducks and was seen being taken out of Buffalo’s KeyBank Center on a stretcher, the Buffalo News reported.

A Sabres spokesman said at midnight ET that there was no update on Jeanneret’s condition.

According to the Associated Press, color commentator Rob Ray took over the play-by-play call after about 20 seconds of silence, then pregame and postgame host Brian Duff finished the game.

Here’s the last thing Rick Jeanneret said on the Sabres broadcast tonight, following by several seconds of silence. pic.twitter.com/HLfMTZpqsW

— Jon Campbell (@JonCampbellGAN) December 23, 2018

Jeanneret had appeared on the pregame show wearing a Santa suit.

Before being stricken tonight, Rick Jeanneret was dressed up as Santa, or as he noted “Old Saint Rick”. https://t.co/QLPreL64Ek#sabres

— Eric Hornick (@ehornick) December 23, 2018

He was awarded with the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Foster Hewitt Award in 2012 for outstanding contributions to hockey broadcasting. He had been calling Sabres games since the team’s second season in 1971-72.

Jeanneret was diagnosed with throat cancer in the summer of 2014, but declared himself cancer-free that November.

He recently cut back his work to about half of the team’s games.

Contributing: The Associated Press


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