NATICK – After 40 years singing, the National Anthem for the Boston Bruins, Rene Rancourt announced he will retire at the end of the 2017-18 season.
The Natick resident has been performing the National Anthem since the 1975-76 season.
One of his most famous performance was after the Boston Marathon bombing at the Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres game on April 17, 2013.
A trained opera singer, he first began singing the National Anthem at Boston Red Sox games at Fenway Park.
A U.S. Army Veteran, he has performed at several veterans events in MetroWest, including the unveiling of the new Vietnam Veterans memorial at the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority hub in Framingham.
Rancourt’s signature fist-pump following the anthem was modeled after the “Stump Pump” of former Bruin Randy Burridge.
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