The Buffalo Sabres, in partnership with the Buffalo Common Council, will honor the late Rick Jeanneret, the iconic voice of the Buffalo Sabres, through the dedication of a trailblazing sign on Perry Street outside of KeyBank Center, the home of the Buffalo Sabres.
Throughout his storied career, Rick Jeanneret's iconic calls, including "May Day" and "Scary Good," have become indelible moments in Sabres history, etching themselves into the hearts and minds of fans. In honor of Rick Jeanneret's lifelong dedication to his family and the Buffalo Sabres organization, the City of Buffalo Common Council has submitted a trailblazing sign resolution calling for the installation of trailblazing signs at the corners of Illinois and Perry streets and Washington and Perry streets, proclaiming the stretch of Perry Street: "RJ Way."
“This trailblazing sign will stand as an enduring tribute to Rick Jeanneret and all that he has done for the Buffalo Sabres organization, our fans and the City of Buffalo as a whole,” Buffalo Sabres Chief Operating Officer John Roth said. “RJ forged an unbreakable bond with the city and the people of Buffalo. This gesture is one of many ways we can express our gratitude for his unwavering dedication to all of us. We know that it will serve as a tremendous reminder of the man who made Sabres hockey come alive, and whose legacy continues to inspire generations of Sabres faithful."
Fillmore District Council Member Mitch Nowakowski, co-sponsor of the trailblazing sign resolution, said, "Rick Jeanneret's legendary voice echoed through Sabres fans’ hearts, airwaves, and arenas for decades, becoming synonymous with Buffalo Sabres hockey. This trailblazing sign dedication is not just about commemorating a broadcaster; it's about honoring a man who united our city with his passion for the game.”
South District Councilmember Christopher Scanlon said, “As a lifelong Sabres fan, there are moments in time etched in my memory through the iconic voice of Rick Jeanneret. He was every bit a part of the team as the French Connection, Pat LaFontaine, Dominik Hasek, Ryan Miller, Lindy Ruff and the countless other greats. The Buffalo Sabres, the City of Buffalo and this community will forever miss one of its best.”
The unveiling of the trailblazing sign to honor Jeanneret will take place on Thursday, Oct. 12, before the Sabres’ season- and home-opener against the New York Rangers. Fans and the public are strongly encouraged to attend.
Rick Jeanneret is survived by his beloved wife, Sandra; his children: Mark, Chris and Shelly; as well as cherished grandchildren. His legacy as a devoted family man and a beloved figure in the community continues to shine brightly.
This dedication serves as a lasting tribute to Rick Jeanneret's indomitable spirit and the joy he brought to hockey fans throughout the region. It also symbolizes the enduring impact of his work and his role in fostering a deep love for hockey within countless members of the Western New York Community.
The resolution, “Nowakowski, Scanlon – Trailblazing Resolution for Rick Jeanneret” will be on the agenda for the Tuesday, Sept. 19, Buffalo Common Council meeting where, upon approval, copies of this resolution will be sent to the Department of Public Works to begin the process of designing the trailblazing sign.