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Sabres' Jeanneret diagnosed with cancer

Buffalo, N.Y. -- Legendary Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret is battling throat cancer, according to the Buffalo News.

Jeanneret, 71, told the newspaper he was diagnosed two weeks ago after a biopsy on a growth in his throat revealed it was malignant.

The announcer said he expects to undergo radiation the next six or seven weeks and potentially chemotherapy as well, but said he was told has an 85 percent chance of recovery.

Jeanneret has been with the Sabres for 43 years. He has been scaling back his schedule the last few seasons, but said he plans to call 47 of the team's 82 games this season if his recovery goes well. His contract expires at the end of the 2015-16 season.

On Wednesday, the Sabres released the following statement:

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 familys privacy as RJ undergoes treatment....The team has also set up a dedicated email address,, for fans to send well-wishes and notes of encouragement.

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