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Sabres announce Rick Jeanneret's final 20 regular-season games

Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer will retire at the end of the 2021-22 season

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Rick Jeanneret will call 20 regular-season games to close out an illustrious Hall-of-Fame career, starting with the Buffalo Sabres' home opener Thursday night

RJ's final play-by-play calls will air as part of a 72-game TV schedule on MSG. As previously announced, eight Sabres games will air exclusively on ESPN+ and Hulu (a subscription is required for those streaming services) and two other games will be available only on TNT.

His "Last Call" of the regular season will be Buffalo's final game of 2021-22, a home game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Here are the final regular-season Sabres games RJ will call:

  • Thursday, October 14 vs. Montreal Canadiens
  • Saturday, October 16 vs. Arizona Coyotes
  • Saturday, November 13 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Wednesday, November 24 vs. Boston Bruins
  • Thursday, November 26 vs. Montreal Canadiens
  • Monday, November 29 vs. Seattle Kraken
  • Friday, December 10 vs. New York Rangers
  • Monday, December 27 vs. New York Islanders
  • Tuesday, January 11 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Monday, January 17 vs. Detroit Red Wings
  • Saturday, January 22 vs. Philadelphia Flyers
  • Monday, March 7 vs. Florida Panthers
  • Friday, March 25 vs. Washington Capitals
  • Wednesday, March 30 vs. Winnipeg Jets
  • Sunday, April 3 vs. Florida Panthers
  • Thursday, April 14 vs. St. Louis Blues
  • Saturday, April 16 vs. Philadelphia Flyers
  • Wednesday, April 20 vs. Ottawa Senators
  • Saturday, April 23 vs. New York Islanders
  • Friday, April 29 vs. Chicago Blackhawks

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Jeanneret, the NHL's longest-tenured announcer, sat behind the Sabres microphone for the first time on the radio on October 10, 1971. He joined the team's TV broadcasts in 1995.

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, and the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame. 

Additional "Last Call" content presented by Wegmans will be produced throughout the year on all Sabres platforms.  

Dan Dunleavy will call the remaining 62 games on the schedule and will be featured during each game's TV broadcast. RJ and Dan will be joined on the air by Rob Ray, who will return for his 10th season as the full-time color analyst.

Brian Duff, who joined the Sabres broadcast team in 2011-12, will again serve as the full-time in-game host for all Sabres broadcasts on MSG. Veteran broadcaster Martin Biron will once again be a mainstay across all Sabres platforms in 2021-22, providing in-depth analysis before, during and after games.

All Sabres telecasts on MSG Networks are produced and broadcast by the team's in-house broadcasting team and feature the Sabres broadcasters and analysts exclusively. All 82 games will also air on WGR 550. 

Pregame coverage for Thursday's home opener against the Montreal Canadiens at KeyBank Center will begin at 6:30 p.m. on MSG. RJ and Rayzor will have the call at 7 p.m. on MSG and WGR 550. 

Tickets for the game are on sale now.


 

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