Currently the longest-tenured broadcaster in hockey, the 2010-11 season marks Rick Jeanneret's 39th year with the Buffalo Sabres. He started with the team prior to the 1971-72 season, serving as the club's radio voice and held that post until 1995. Jeanneret then became the television play-by-play announcer, beginning with the 1995-96 campaign. He broadcast his first game during the 1971 preseason for the Cincinnati Swords (the Sabres' minor league team at the time).
Jeanneret earned his start in 1963 while attending a Niagara Falls Flyers (Junior A) game in which he filled in for the regular announcer who had taken ill. He went on to become the color analyst for one season before moving to the play-by-play position in 1965.
A native of St. Catharines, Ontario, Jeanneret currently resides in Niagara Falls, Ontario, with his wife, Sandra. Rick has two sons, Mark and Chris. Mark is the play-by-play voice of the Buffalo's AHL affiliate in Portland.