Rick Jeanneret, NHL's longest-tenured announcer, to bid farewell with series of Sabres calls in 2021-22

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BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Broadcaster and cancer survivor Rick Jeanneret (L) returns alongside Dan Dunleavy (R) to broadcast a portion of the game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 15, 2014 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Broadcaster and cancer survivor Rick Jeanneret (L) returns alongside Dan Dunleavy (R) to broadcast a portion of the game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 15, 2014 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

Rick Jeanneret is ready to hang up the headset.

The legendary play-by-play announcer for the Buffalo Sabres announced Friday that he will close out a career which already spans a half century at the end of this season. To officially bid farewell, Jeanneret will call only a limited number of games from his perch inside the Ted Darling Memorial Press Box at KeyBank Center. 

The NHL's longest-tenured announcer, Jeanneret's 2021-22 season will be his his 51st on the microphone.

Buffalo released this message from the 79-year-old:

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A Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Jeanneret originally joined the Sabres in 1971 on radio before switching to television 24 years later. He's been the primary voice of the organization since, recently splitting carries with veteran broadcaster Dan Dunleavy. 

Jeanneret has lent his voice to the greatest moments (and lowest moments) in the history of the Sabres, and many of his legendary calls (including "MAY DAY!" and "La-La-La-La-La-La LAFONTAINE!") are included in this video from the Sabres published early last year.

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