Longtime broadcaster Rick Jeanneret and center Dale Hawerchuk will be inducted as the 36th and 37th members of the Sabres Hall of Fame during a ceremony before the team’s game against the Winnipeg Jets on November 8, the team announced today.
Jeanneret, of course, has been a radio-TV voice of the team since 1971, its second season in the NHL and remains wildly popular in the 40th season his career. He will be taking on a reduced schedule of games this year to cut down on his travel but is scheduled to call all games home and away during the playoffs.
Jeanneret will be joining the late Ted Darling, the team's longtime play-by-play man, and former analyst Jim Lorentz in the hall among team broadcasters.
Getting inducted on the night the Sabres host Winnipeg for the first time since the 1995-96 season will certainly have extra meaning for Hawerchuk, who was a No. 1 overall pick of the Jets in 1981 and played nine seasons for them until being traded to Buffalo at the 1990 Entry Draft.
Hawerchuk led the Sabres in scoring three times (1990-91, 1991-92 and 1993-94), and paced the team in goals, assists and points (35-51-86) in 1993-94. He played for St. Louis and Philadelphia and retired after 16 seasons in the NHL with 518 goals, 891 assists and 1,409 points, 10th on the career NHL points list at the time of his retirement. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in 2001.