Watch the Bruins’ ceremony honoring Rene Rancourt in his final regular season game

Rene Rancourt
Rene Rancourt sings the national anthem before the start of an NHL hockey game between the Boston Bruins and the Edmonton Oilers in Boston, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. –Mary Schwalm / AP

The Bruins presented Rene Rancourt with a microphone to match his pipes.

Rancourt is retiring after 42 years as the Bruins’ anthem singer, and the team honored him with a ceremony before Sunday’s game against the Florida Panthers. The team presented Rancourt with a golden microphone and a framed Bruins jersey autographed by the players.

“For the past 42 years, Rene Rancourt has been a hometown staple at Boston Bruins games welcoming fans with his operatic renditions of ‘O Canada’ and ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and, of course, his signature fist pumps,” the public address announcer said.

The TD Garden fans gave Rancourt a standing ovation before he sang the anthem from beside the Bruins bench, where he first sang in 1976 at the old Boston Garden. After a few fist pumps, Rancourt dropped the ceremonial puck between Zdeno Chara and the Panthers’ Derek MacKenzie.

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