Sword Play: Rick Jeanneret Inducted Into the Hall of Fame; Rochester Americans Update

Kevin Hoffman – US PRESSWIRE

On Monday, one of the most recognizable Buffalo Sabres was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Thing is, you may be able to pick him out of a lineup.

Longtime Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret was awarded the Foster Hewitt Award for broadcasting excellence, joining players Joe Sakic, Pavel Bure, Adam Oates and Mats Sundin in the 2012 class.

Jeanneret is one of the most beloved Sabres, and has received acclaim from fans of every team in the NHL. Whether it was his “May Day” call, or his stretching of Pat LaFontaine’s name, his calls will live forever in Sabres lore.

Jeanneret joins former Sabres announcer Ted Darling in the Hall.

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The Rochester Americans have continued a solid start to their season, improving their record to 8-5-1, good for fifth in the AHL’s Western Conference.

Marcus Foligno continues to stay hot, currently ranking seventh in the league in scoring with 15 points. Teammate TJ Brennan is not far behind, with 14 points. Brennan ranks third in defensive scoring in the league behind highly touted prospects Justin Schultz of Edmonton and Justin Faulk of Carolina.

Another high point for the Amerks is the play of rookie Brian Flynn, who has stepped up in the absence of Cody Hodgson. Flynn has scored 10 points in 13 games, and currently has a six game point streak. He has nine points during that streak.

The Amerks are in the midst of a three game in four day schedule, having beaten the Hamilton Bulldogs in a Wednesday morning game 4-1, and losing to the top team in the AHL Abbotsford Heat 3-2 last night. The Amerks suit up again tonight to play the Binghamton Senators in Binghamton.

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Some quick hits:

Cody Hodgson remains in the Rochester pressbox with a broken hand. Hodgson was hurt against the Adirondack Phantoms in late October and has missed 5 games due to the injury. He should be close to returning and should be a boon to the Amerks, having had 10 points in his first nine games, including 9 assists, which led the league at the time of his injury.

Mikhail Grigorenko continues to show why the Sabres picked him in the first round with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. Through 20 games, Grigorenko has scored 37 points, including 17 goals and 8 points in his last three games. Grigorenko is not only making a run at the QMJHL, but at the Sabres roster as well.

Sabres defenseman Mike Weber has signed a deal to play in Finland for the remainder of the lockout.

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