With another year remaining on his contract, Buffalo Sabres play-by-play man, Rick Jeanneret, said he intends to return to the broadcast booth next season.
Jeanneret’s tenure with Buffalo began in 1971, and the 70-year-old plans to continue through the 2013-’14 season.
“I’m doing pretty good for an old guy,” said Jeanneret. “I have 70-year-old aches and pains.”
While Jeanneret did call all but four games this past season, he probably won’t call them all for the next one. Jeanneret usually takes off for West coast trips and sometimes back-to-back nights. Still, Sabres fans will get to continue hearing him announce games on television and the radio.
“I don’t know how many games I am going to do,” said Jeanneret. “I’ll do most of them.”
Of course, Jeanneret is still hoping for one final item to add to his resumè.
“I’m hoping that before I leave, I can get ahold of that Stanley Cup,” Jeanneret said during his induction speech for the Buffalo Broadcaster’s Association Hall of Fame. “I would truly love to have that happen. That would be the culmination of 40-some-odd years in this business.”
His retirement has been rumored for the past few seasons, but he has agreed to come back each time.
“I’m not going to go on forever,” he says. “Wherever I’ll be when I’m done, I know I can sit back and think upon those good times.”