Buffalo Sabres announcer Rick Jeanneret is “resting and doing well” after he fell ill during the broadcast of Saturday’s game and was taken to a local hospital.
Jeanneret stopped talking early in the third period of a 3-0 victory against the Anaheim Ducks and was seen being taken out of Buffalo’s KeyBank Center on a stretcher, the Buffalo News reported.
The Sabres updated his condition Sunday morning, saying he “looks forward to being back in the booth after the break.” The Sabres won’t play again until Dec. 27.
Buffalo-based John Vogl, a reporter for The Athletic, tweeted Sunday morning that he had received a text from Jeanneret that read, “Still kicking.”
According to the Associated Press, color commentator Rob Ray took over the play-by-play call after about 20 seconds of silence, then pregame and postgame host Brian Duff finished the game.
Jeanneret had appeared on the pregame show wearing a Santa suit.
He was awarded with the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Foster Hewitt Award in 2012 for outstanding contributions to hockey broadcasting. He had been calling Sabres games since the team’s second season in 1971-72.
Jeanneret was diagnosed with throat cancer in the summer of 2014, but declared himself cancer-free that November.
He recently cut back his work to about half of the team’s games.
Contributing: The Associated Press