Buffalo Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret announced that he will be retiring after the 2021-2022 season. He’s been calling Sabres games for the last 50 years and year 51 will be his final year. It was tough to hear that he will be done after this season but I think every Sabres fan knew his career would be coming to an end sooner rather than later. He has given us so many legendary calls and I decided to tell you my favorite one’s in this article.
“DANNY BRIERE, DANNY BRIERE”- Rick Jeannerat
Back in the 2006 playoffs, Daniel Briere scored the game winning goal in double overtime against the Philadelphia Flyers to give Buffalo the 1-0 series lead. RJ’s call on the goal was memorable, as were a lot of his calls. This was just one of many amazing overtime calls made my Jeanneret.
“IT’S LEAVING FOR GAME 7 IN CAROLINA”
Another call that sticks out to me also took place in the 2006 playoffs. The Sabres were taking on the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals. Briere would score another overtime goal to keep the Sabres alive, forcing a Game 7. RJ’s excitement just makes the call 100 times more enjoyable and memorable.
“THESE GUYS ARE GOOD, SCARY GOOD” – Rick Jeannerat
Yet again, RJ gave us another amazing call in the 2006 playoffs, this time against the Ottawa Senators. Jason Pominville, a rookie on the 2006 Sabres, scored a memorable goal and etched his name in franchise history. Jeanneret also gave us a call that Buffalo fans will remember forever.
“CHRIS DRURY TIES IT AT 1, WITH 7.7 SECONDS TO GO” – Rick Jeannerat
This one is a two parter but both of them took place in the same game. During the 2007 playoffs, Buffalo was taking on the New York Rangers in Game 5, with the series tied at 2-2. New York scored late in the third but it didn’t last long as Chris Drury would tie it in the dying seconds. Take it away RJ!!
Then, Maxim Afinogenov would win the game in overtime, giving Buffalo a 3-2 lead in the series and allowing Rick to give us another call that Sabres fans will never forget.
“CRAIG RIVET, CRAIG RIVET. THE CAPTAIN STRIKES GOLD” – Rick Jeanneret
This one will always have a special place in my heart. The night before this game, the city of Buffalo experienced a tragedy. An airplane unfortunately crashed into a house, killing everyone on board and in the house. The Sabres were hosting the San Jose Sharks the night after, looking to give Buffalo a reason to smile. San Jose was trailing 4-1 to the Sabres at one point but came back to take a 5-4 lead. Sabres captain Craig Rivet would let a shot go from the point, that was tipped by Pominville, tying the game with less than 10 seconds to go. Buffalo would win the game in the shootout, but the call was amazing.
“MAY DAY MAY DAY MAY DAY MAY DAY”- Rick Jeanneret
I’m saving the best one for last. My number one call from RJ happened in 1993 when the Sabres swept the Boston Bruins in the playoffs. Brad May scored an amazing goal as he would absolutely dangle Ray Bourque and score on his knees. This is the most iconic call from RJ’s career in my opinion and I’m sure it’s a favorite for a lot of Sabres fans.
I know there are so many calls that I could have included but these are my all time favorites. It’s going to be really sad when Rick Jeanneret isn’t going to be calling games for the Sabres anymore but it sucks knowing they won’t win a Stanley Cup and he couldn’t give us a call for that. Even though it looks like it’s going to be another rough season for the Sabres, every Buffalo fan should really try to enjoy this season because it will be the last time we hear Rick Jeanneret.
(Featured image credit to NHL.com).
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