Hall of Fame announcer Rick Jeanneret retiring after 51 years in Sabres booth

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By , WGR 550 SportsRadio

The upcoming 2021-22 NHL season will be the last for Buffalo Sabres' Hall of Fame play-by-play broadcaster Rick Jeanneret.

The Sabres announced on Friday that Jeanneret is set to retire as the voice of the team after his 51st season calling games in Buffalo.

"To spend 50 years doing any one job is more than a person can ask for, let alone one as special, as mine, Jeanneret said in a message to Sabres fans via the team's official Twitter account. "My interactions with the fans at KeyBank Center have been one of the thrills of my career, one that was sorely missing over the past year.

"So let's make it 51. I look forward to seeing you at the rink for one last run."

The 79-year-old has been calling games for the Sabres since the 1971-72 season, starting out as the radio voice of the team. He eventually made the transition over to calling games on television when the team started simulcasting its games on both TV and radio.

Jeanneret is currently the longest-tenured play-by-play broadcaster with one single team in the league.

Among the notable honors Jeanneret has earned throughout his career includes an induction into the Sabres Hall of Fame in 2011, and an induction into both the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2012.

Also in November of 2012, Jeanneret received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award recognizing "distinguished members of the radio and television industry who made outstanding contributions to their profession and the game during their career in hockey broadcasting." This also meant an induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

The Sabres open their 2021-22 regular season on Thursday, Oct. 14 against the Montreal Canadiens at KeyBank Center.