Sabres broadcaster Jeanneret says he’s ‘OK’ after health scare

Buffalo Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret said he feels “pretty good now” after leaving Saturday’s game on a stretcher, according to The Buffalo News.

“I’m still here,” Jeanneret said from his hospital room on Sunday morning. “I’m OK, I feel pretty good now.”

Jeanneret, who has done radio and television play-by-play for the Buffalo Sabres since 1971, was taken from the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y., on a stretcher after pausing his broadcast early in the third period of Saturday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Jeanneret, who has the distinction of holding the longest tenure with a team in NHL history, had called the first two minutes of the third period when he quit talking.

Rob Ray, usually the color commentator, began calling play-by-play after about 20 seconds, according to multiple outlets, and Brian Duff, who hosts the Sabres pregame and postgame shows, eventually took over play-by-play duties.

Jeanneret said doctors haven’t figured out what’s wrong yet but said he does not have a heart condition.

“They’re not exactly sure what it was,” he said. “They ruled out the heart. The ticker is fine.”

The 76-year-old Jeanneret, who began calling Sabres games in the team’s second season, appeared on the TV pregame show in a Santa suit and was walking around the press box between the second and third periods.

Jeanneret underwent treatment for throat cancer in the summer of 2014, although he announced that he was cancer-free by that November.

The Hockey Hall of Fame member has scaled back his duties to roughly about half of the Sabres’ games.

Jeanerret is scheduled to work next Saturday’s game against the Boston Bruins, and he said he doesn’t plan on missing it.

“I fully intend to work as scheduled,” he said.

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