As you read here yesterday, there was a pretty interesting announcement out of Portland, where the Pirates have named Mark Jeanneret (left) their new play-by-play announcer. Yep, as in Rick's son. Mark Jeanneret, 41, is a broadcast veteran in his own right, having spent the last 12 years with the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey League and with experience on Sabres pregame shows.
Think he'd like to replace his famous father someday? You bet.
"My dream is to someday take over for my father when he decides to hang them up," Mark Jeanneret told Sabres Edge friend Dan Hickling in Thursday's editions of the Biddeford (Me.) Journal Tribune. "I'd like to continue the Jeanneret tradition in Buffalo. This is going to be a move that will help me."
(FYI, the paper is not online so the story can't be linked)
I would bet the elder Jeanneret will work at least two more years with the Sabres, going through next year's celebration of the team's 40th anniversary season. After that? Who knows. There's been plenty of speculation when the day comes who might replace Buffalo's legendary RJ. We might already have our answer.
The Pirates have sent big names from the broadcast booth to the NHL before, notably NBC and New Jersey Devils voice Mike "Doc" Emrick. Portland managing owner Brian Petrovek said it was "five minutes into the first conversation" with Jeanneret that he knew he had his man for the Pirates.
Said Petrovek to the Journal Tribune: "I was kidding him and said we're kind of in the player development business. Here, we have an announcer development opportunity."
As Caps says in the comments section below, if you YouTube "Erie Otters" you'll find a ton of clips. Here's one I listened to. Has a pretty familiar style, no?