Jeanneret had opened his broadcast wearing a red Santa suit and a white beard, the newspaper reported. He had changed into his street clothes at the start of the third period, and two minutes into the period he suddenly stopped talking. After a 23-second span of quiet, analyst Rob Ray substituted for Ieanneret, calling the game from between the benches at ice level, the News reported.
Intermission host Brian Duff moved to the press box and took over the play-by-play, the newspaper reported.
Jenneret's tenure with the Sabres is the longest with a single team in NHL history, ESPN reported. He received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 2012 from the Hockey Hall of Fame. Jeanneret had treatment for throat cancer in 2014, ESPN reported.