When broadcasting games, Sabres' play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret never thought about making it to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. His goal was to do what he loves, and he's done it better than most in his profession.
Monday night, Jeanneret was entered into the Hockey Hall of Fame with a media luncheon.
“To be at this podium today is a bit surreal," Jeanneret said, "standing among the iconic voices of my profession, and at the foot of the true giants of hockey down the street. It’s the honor of a lifetime, and I want to thank you for inviting me here today.”
Jeanneret has been the Sabres broadcast announcer for 41 years, and repeatedly refers to the job as his true passion in life.
“I came to hockey by way of broadcasting, and now I can’t imagine having it any other way," Jeanneret said. "My career will always be defined by hockey. But that wasn’t in the original plans. In my younger days when my career was just starting, I just wanted to be a broadcaster. Truth be told, I was more interested in being a rock and roll disc jockey than anything else. Am I glad that didn’t pan out.”
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