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Sabres on Jeanneret throat cancer diagnosis: 'We wish RJ a full and speedy recovery'

By John Vogl

Sabres broadcasting legend Rick Jeanneret has revealed he has throat cancer and will undergo at least six weeks of radiation, with chemotherapy a possibility. The team released the following statement this morning:

"The Buffalo Sabres are deeply saddened to learn of Rick Jeanneret’s cancer diagnosis. RJ has been a vital part of the Sabres family and the Buffalo community for 43 years, and this news undoubtedly weighs heavily on everyone who has had the privilege of listening to his broadcasts through the years.

"As he begins treatment in the coming weeks, we will continue to keep RJ, his wife, Sandra, his mother, Kay, his sister, Marcia, his children, Mark and Chris, his stepdaughter, Shelly, and his grandchildren in our thoughts. We wish RJ a full and speedy recovery and know his tenacity will serve him well in his fight.

"On behalf of the Jeanneret family, the Sabres are asking for respect of the family’s privacy as RJ undergoes treatment."

The team has created an email address, GetWellRJ@sabres.com, for fans to send well-wishes and notes of encouragement.

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John Vogl

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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