BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Friday night was RJ Night at KeyBank Center, as legendary Sabres announcer Rick Jeanneret’s name was hung from the rafters alongside other Sabres icons during a pregame ceremony.

Jeanneret spoke to the media between the first and second periods of the game. The intermission segment can be seen above.

Following the game, Mayor Byron Brown proclaimed April 1, 2022 “Rick Jeanneret Day” in the City of Buffalo.

News 4’s Paul Stockman sat down with RJ earlier this week to hear what he had to say heading into the night. The pair discussed Jeannerett’s favorite memories during his 51 years calling games for Buffalo and his retirement plans.

The team announced via Twitter Friday afternoon that they would be sporting an “RJ” patch on their jerseys to honor Jeanneret, whose time in the booth makes him the longest-tenured play-by-play broadcaster in NHL history.

RJ’s last regular season game behind the mic will be April 29.

Adam Duke is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2021. See more of his work here.