(Buffalo, NY – June 27, 2012) - Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black today announced Rick Jeanneret, recipient of the 2012 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, will serve as the play-by-play announcer for all 82 Sabres broadcasts in 2012-13. The announcement comes after Jeanneret signed a new, multi-year contract in early June and made the decision to increase the number of games he called from an abbreviated slate of games the past few seasons.
“Having RJ return to call a full schedule of games next season is great news for our organization and even better news for our fans,” Black said. “We are so lucky to have a Hall-of-Fame
talent around on a full-time basis again and, after his new contract extension, for years to come on our broadcasts.”
Jeanneret, the longest-tenured broadcaster in hockey, will be embarking on his 41st season behind the microphone for the Sabres in 2012-13. He will be joined by Rob Ray, who has also signed on to serve as the full-time color analyst for the Sabres broadcast team for all 82 games next season.
As this year’s recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, the most prestigious award given to hockey broadcasters, Jeanneret will be officially honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame in a ceremony in November. Jeanneret was inducted into the Sabres Hall of Fame in 2011 and will be inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame later this year.