BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret was removed of the press box on a stretcher through the third period of Buffalo’s match against the Anaheim Ducks.
The team did not offer an upgrade on Jeanneret’s condition following its 3-0 victory Saturday night.
Jeanneret, 76, has done play-by-play to get Sabres radio and television broadcasts since 1971, the longest tenure with a single team in NHL history. He was honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame together with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 2012.
In the past few decades, Jeanneret and the Sabres reached a deal to scale back his demeanor and call about half the team’s games.
Jeanneret opened the broadcast Saturday night dressed in a red Santa Claus suit and a white beard. He was walking across the press box between the third and second periods.
Jeanneret predicted the first 2 minutes of the third stage before the broadcast went silent for about 20 minutes and shade commentator Rob Ray took over the play-by-play. Pregame and post game sponsor Brian Duff replaced Jeanneret and then finish the match.