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Sabres broadcaster Jeanneret has throat cancer

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Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame broadcaster Rick Jeanneret has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

Jeanneret, 71, told the Buffalo News on Wednesday he plans on returning to the broadcast booth this season.

Jeanneret said a biopsy three weeks ago in Canada discovered a growth the size of a golf ball in his throat. He will need radiation treatment for six or seven weeks and possibly chemotherapy. Doctors have told him there is an 85 percent chance of recovery.

"I would like to stress I have every intention of coming back," Jeanneret told the newspaper. "I have probably three months ahead of me that aren't going to be fun. I know they aren't going to be.

"I consider this to be a bump in the road and am fully intending to come back and fulfill my obligations to the Sabres. I know there is going to be a lot of concern. All I can do is ask everybody to please allow me and my family to keep this as private as possible. We will provide updates through the team."

Jeanneret has broadcast Sabres games on radio and television for 43 years, and was contracted to work on 47 games in 2014-15.

"The Buffalo Sabres are deeply saddened to learn of Rick Jeanneret's cancer diagnosis," the Sabres said in a statement. "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."
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