Bruins anthem singer Rene Rancourt is retiring

The Lewiston, Maine native has performed anthem duties in Boston for more than 40 years.

Rene Rancourt
Rene Rancourt sings the national anthem before the start a game last November against the Edmonton Oilers. –Mary Schwalm / AP

BOSTON (AP) — Rene Rancourt, the tuxedoed troubadour who has sung the national anthem before Boston Bruins games for more than 40 years, announced on Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the season.

The 78-year-old trained opera singer began singing the “Star-Spangled Banner” at Red Sox games and took over the U.S. and Canadian anthems at Bruins games during the 1975-76 season. He ends his performance with a signature fist pump he modeled after Bruins forward Randy Burridge.

Rancourt performed the anthem on April 17, 2013, for the first sporting event in the city after the Boston Marathon bombing. He sang the first few words and then allowed the crowd to take over.

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