Sabers to honor Rick Jeanneret with a banner in the rafters of the KeyBank Center

Rick Jeanneret has called the Sabers for 51 seasons. © 2022, Dan Hickling

Legendary play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret will become the 10th member of the Buffalo Sabers organization to be honored with a banner in the rafters of KeyBank Center.

The Sabers announced this afternoon that Jeanneret, in his 51st and final season, will have a banner bearing his name before the April 1 game against the Nashville Predators.

As part of what the team has named “RJ Night,” tributes will also be paid and the first 10,000 fans to enter the rink will receive a replica banner.

Popular Jeanneret calls such as “May Day”, “La La La La LaFontaine” and “Now, do you believe?” Have made him a Buffalo icon.

The longest-serving NHL announcer was honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame, after receiving the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 2012. He was inducted into the Sabers Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Hall of Fame. Grand Buffalo Sports Fame in 2012.

Jeanneret, 79, is calling 20 home games this season.

Banners honoring players Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin, René Robert, Tim Horton, Danny Gare, Pat LaFontaine and Dominik Hasek and the founders and first owners of the team Seymour and Northrup Knox are currently hanging on the rafters.

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