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Sabres to honor Rick Jeanneret with banner-raising ceremony on April 1

The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a replica banner on 'RJ Night' presented by Wegmans

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

RJ Night is April 1

Announcing Rick Jeanneret's banner-raising ceremony

The Sabres will raise a banner honoring Rick Jeanneret to the rafters before the team's game on April 1

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The Buffalo Sabres are proud to host "RJ Night" presented by Wegmans during the team's home game against the Nashville Predators on Friday, April 1. 

The legendary career of Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret will be honored when a banner bearing his name will be raised to the rafters of KeyBank Center before the game. 

The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a replica banner upon entry. 

Tickets for the game are on sale now.

Video: Announcing Rick Jeanneret's banner-raising ceremony

Tributes throughout the night will put a spotlight on RJ's Hall-of-Fame career as he prepares for his final games before he retires at the conclusion of his 51st year behind the mic. 

Jeanneret joined the Sabres broadcast team in 1971 as the radio play-by-play announcer and is now the longest-tenured announcer in the NHL. He joined Sabres television broadcasts in 1995, following in the footsteps of Ted Darling, whom the press box at KeyBank Center is named after. 

Video: 2021-22 will be RJ's final season doing Sabres PxP

Jeanneret's calls - from "May Day" to "Scary Good" to "Top Shelf Where Momma Hides The Cookies" - have immortalized some of the most memorable plays in Sabres history.

He is a member of the Sabres Hall of Fame, the Hockey Hall of Fame (as the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Award in 2012), the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the Township of Terrace Bay, Ontario's Sports Wall of Fame, and is even an honorary member of the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame.  

Video: A message from RJ before his final home opener

Jeanneret's banner will join those honoring alumni Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin, Rene Robert, Tim Horton, Danny Gare, Pat LaFontaine and Dominik Hasek, and original owners Seymour H. Knox III and Northrup R. Knox. 

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