TORONTO -- Surrounded by family and friends, Rick Jeanneret reached the pinnacle of his professional today. The Sabres' longtime play-by-play announced received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, an excellence in broadcasting honor that includes a plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
"It's the honor of a lifetime," Jeanneret said.
The announcer, who has been calling Sabres games since 1971, reflected on all his time on the road. He said he's spent two years in Marriott hotels alone, and that doesn't include all the other brands.
"Was it all worth it?" Jeanneret asked. "Rick Jeanneret, Foster Hewitt? You're damn right it was worth it."
The full audio of Jeanneret's acceptance speech is below.