Buffalo Sabres announcer Rick Jeanneret who is in his last season calling games for the team received a special honor from his hometown of Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Last week, Jeanneret posted on his Instagram page that he had the incredible honor of getting the key to his hometown of Niagara Falls, Ontario.

 

Niagara Falls, Ontario Mayor Jim Diodati presented Jeanneret with the key to the city during a ceremony last week.

Jeanneret joined the Sabres broadcast team in 1971 as the radio play-by-play announcer and after 51 years is now the longest-tenured announcer in the NHL.

Jeanneret also had the incredible honor of having a banner raised in KeyBank Center a couple of weeks ago by the Buffalo Sabres.

Jeanneret's banner is hung up in the rafters along with other Buffalo Sabres greats that include Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin, Rene Robert, Tim Horton, Danny Gare, Pat LaFontaine, and Dominik Hasek, and the Buffalo Sabres original owners Seymour H. Knox III and Northrup R. Knox.

Rick Jeanneret has had a Hall of Fame career as an announcer. RJ is currently in several Hall of Fames including the Sabres Hall of Fame, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the Township of Terrace Bay, Ontario's Sports Wall of Fame, and is an honorary member of the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame.

The Sabres will miss the playoffs this season, so that means Rick Jeanneret's last game will be on April 29th as Buffalo hosts the Chicago Blackhawks at Keybank Center.

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