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11-10-2012, 12:07 PM
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Jeanneret set to enter HHoF on Monday

At least one highlight to look forward to in what otherwise has been a depressing and miserable fall for Sabres and hockey fans:

Rick Jeanneret appreciated the attempts to honor him through the years, but the Buffalo Sabres’ legendary announcer told everyone they’d have to wait. He had no desire to enter any halls of fame while he was still working in the broadcast booth.

That policy changed last year. He and Michael Gilbert, the Sabres’ vice president of public and community relations, had a talk about Jeanneret’s close relationship with his mother, Kay. The 92-year-old is unquestionably the announcer’s biggest fan. He realized how much it would mean to her to see her son honored, and he knew how much it would mean to him to have her be part of the festivities.

So after watching Jeanneret get inducted into the Sabres’ Hall of Fame, the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the last year, Kay will accompany her son to Toronto on Monday for the biggest honor yet – a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
On Monday, Jeanneret will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, awarded annually by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association. The honorees are recognized with a plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Jeanneret only gets four minutes to speak on Monday, but he’s been speaking to Buffalo Sabres fans since 1971.

I can only imagine RJ has mixed emotions at the moment - savoring the honor and what it means to his mom while at the same time missing hockey just like all of the fans.

Hopefully, NHL Network televises the ceremonies like in the past

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