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Rene Rancourt (born August 4, 1939) is an American singer. Rancourt sang the U.S. and Canadian national anthems at the National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins home hockey games for over 40 years. He performed his last regular-season anthem on April 8, 2018, after 42 years. He sang both anthems before Game 7 of the NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Bruins on April 25, 2018.

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Rene Rancourt is an American singer who is 79 years 0ld as of 2018. He was born on 4 August 1939, in Lewiston, Maine, United States

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Rene Rancourt is an American singer who is  Hair color is Brown and eyes color is  Blue, his height is unknown also his weight is unknown as of 2019.

Rene Rancourt Early life

Rancourt was born in Lewiston, Maine, the son of Leon Rancourt and Bernadette Guenette, French-Canadians from Quebec.

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Rene Rancourt Early History

Rancourt graduated from high school in 1959. He was already singing the national anthem before local games them. He auditioned at Boston University, earned a partial scholarship, and continued singing.

He won a singing contest in 1969, which allowed him to join the GI traveling show instead of serving in Vietnam. For several years, his voice could be heard on the radio through recordings of the show.
Rancourt’s big break came when John Kiley, long-time organist at Fenway Park, heard his booming voice over the radio. That gave him the opportunity to sing during the World Series, which eventually led to him singing at the old Boston Garden.

“I’ve been thinking about retirement since the age of 68,” Rancourt told local media when announcing his retirement. “I’m 78 now, so maybe I’m a little behind on things.”

Rancourt is a native of Lewiston, Maine.

Rene Rancourt Career

Rancourt first began singing the anthem in Boston at Fenway Park. He took part in an opera singing audition on the radio and was heard by John Kiley, long-time organist at both Fenway and the Boston Garden. Rancourt sang before Game 6 of the World Series in 1975 when singer Kate Smith canceled her appearance. Rancourt’s ambition was to become an opera singer. The strength of his trained voice overcame the acoustic shortcomings of the old Boston Garden. In 1976, he began singing regularly for Boston Bruins games.

Rancourt’s signature fist-pump at the end of the anthem was modeled after the “Stump Pump” of former Bruin Randy Burridge, whom Rancourt admired. Rancourt also salutes at the end of the anthem. The salute is for men and women who have served in the armed forces, although it was initially inspired by an elderly fan of Rancourt.

Rancourt performed the anthem before Bruins games, as well as singing at auto races, charity events and nursing homes in and around New England. He did not have a contract with the Bruins. According to Rancourt, “I’ve never had a contract; I’ve always just shown up and I’ve become associated with the Bruins.”

Rancourt served in the U.S. Army in the 1960s, in which after winning a singing contest he was assigned to GI traveling show which kept him from being sent to Vietnam.

On January 17, 2018, the Bruins announced that Rancourt would retire at the end of the 2017–18 season. He was honored during the Bruins’ last regular-season game against the Florida Panthers on April 8. His final playoff game was Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning on May 4, 2018. After the Lightning eliminated the Bruins in five games, he retired for good.

Rene Rancourt Salary And Net Worth

Rene Rancourt became famous for his rendition of the national anthems played at home games for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. In April 2018, he decided to retire, singing his last national anthem after 42 years of performing at home games.

Rancourt’s career as a singer began with an opera audition on local radio. He began to sing the national anthem for the Boston Red Sox, performing in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. After each anthem performance, Rancourt offers a signature fist pump. He often performs before local car races and charity events around New England. He’ll also bring his trademark voice to nursing homes to perform.

There are no reports available to how much Rene Rancourt earns for singing the national anthem before Bruins games. “I’ve never had a contract,” Rancourt is reported as saying once. “I’ve always just shown up and I’ve become associated with the Bruins.

He worked with Curtis Knight Entertainment and Murray Hill Talent Events for his appearances.

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Star-spangled career: Bruins’ Rene Rancourt reflects on a life defined by the national anthem

Rene Rancourt wonders a lot of things about his career.

What if that hard check during a hockey scrimmage in Lewiston, Maine, had never landed? What if he’d been pressed into battle in Vietnam, like a lot of his Army buddies were?

What if Kate Smith hadn’t been sick on Oct. 21, 1975? What if John Kiley, director of music for the Boston Garden and Fenway Park, didn’t have his number?

“Wow. If those things didn’t happen, who knows where my life would have taken me?” said Rancourt, who for the last 42 years has performed the national anthem before Boston Bruins home games.

“God, I’m a very lucky guy,” he said. “I had no idea where my voice would take me. I get emotional when I think about it. What a ride it has been. What a ride.”

Rancourt’s “ride” — performing for the Bruins and their fans, making appearances, singing at weddings — ends soon.

Early this year he announced his retirement. The Bruins play their final regular season home games this weekend, which means two last regular season performances of the anthem followed by Rancourt’s signature fist pumps for the TD Garden faithful.

He’ll sing in the playoffs, as long as the Bruins play at home.

Then he’ll call it quits.

At 77, Rancourt has run out of energy.

“It’s time,” said Rancourt, who lives in Natick with his wife, Maria. “I love what I do. I love performing. I love singing the anthem for the Bruins.

“But the work I have to do to remain sharp, practicing, has taken its toll, especially at my age,” he said. “It’s a lot of stress. I don’t need that stress anymore.”

Hockey ice

Rancourt’s parents both moved from the Montreal area to a French Canadian part of Lewiston. That’s where they met and got married.

Naturally, hockey was in their son’s blood.

“Everyone played hockey in Lewiston, on ponds or rinks, anywhere there was ice,” he said.

Rancourt was an avid amateur singer. But he wanted to play pro hockey.

That was until he was 15 years old. Kids were getting bigger, faster, stronger. The real games, he said, we’re starting.

“I remember being along the boards, and this kid checks me. I was a little, skinny kid,” he said. “It was at that moment I realized, I am not a hockey player.

“Basically, that moment was the beginning of my singing career,” he said.

Rancourt sang in high school, performing at a theater on the campus of Bates College in Lewiston. Prodded by a teacher — he had no designs on a singing career — Rancourt applied to Boston University and won a partial music scholarship.

He left school during his junior year to begin a career in the opera. That ended abruptly in 1963 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army.

“I started as an artilleryman for 105 Howitzers in Fort Hill, Oklahoma,” he said. “You should have seen my firing a cannon. It was a joke.”

His vocal chops were a different story.

He won a singing contest and was assigned to a traveling entertainment show for GIs.

“Honestly, it saved me from going to Vietnam,” said Rancourt. “I’ve never been a fighter. I’m a singer.”

Game Six

About a dozen years later, the Red Sox were playing Cincinnati in the World Series. The Reds were leading the series, three games to two.

Kate Smith, the beloved contralto, was lined up to sing the national anthem before Dwight Evans, Fred Lynn, Carlton Fisk and the rest of the Sox took the field that night.

She called in sick.

Rancourt got a call from Kiley, the Red Sox organist and music director. Though he’d been singing professionally for nearly a decade, Rancourt said he was stunned when Kiley asked him to fill in.

“I lived about four blocks from the park,” he said. “I was a last-minute option. Of course, I said yes.

“Imagine that, I sing the anthem before probably the greatest baseball game ever played,” he said.

Kiley was so impressed, almost a year later he offered Rancourt the opportunity to sing the anthem before Bruins games.

He’s been there since.

When he stopped

Rancourt’s fondest memory of performing the anthem before a Bruins game?

Easy. It was April 17, 2013 — two days after the Boston Marathon bombing.

“There was talk that the game would be canceled,” he said. “I got the call at home that the game is on and that they wanted to have the audience sing. It was a nice idea.

“When I was vocalizing, preparing for the game, I got emotional every time I started singing,” he said. “Then I didn’t know what to expect. I had to figure out which would be the right time to stop singing.”

Not singing would seem easier than singing. But Rancourt was beyond nervous.

“When I walked on to the ice, I had fear and insecurity,” he said. “I had never done it before. I was going to be the center of attention. Anything I did wrong would be magnified. It was the toughest performance I had ever prepared for.”

The public address announcer asked fans to sing along for the anthem. Rancourt started out and turned it over to the crowd during the second line, after singing, “what so proudly … .”

Then, almost magically, he became a conductor, just mouthing the words.

“When the fans kicked in, suddenly it was as if we had rehearsed it,” he said. “All of my fears went away. I started waving my hands, conducting. Thank goodness I had a conducting background, having had a wedding orchestra for 30 years. … It was so special.”

The Bruins have tried a few times to recreate that moment, with fans taking over the anthem, to no avail.

“It just wasn’t the same,” he said. “That night was magic. I really believe the fans needed a release, and they were able to do it then.

“I’ve been singing at the Garden for so many years, for so many incredible moments and games,” said Rancourt. “Like the day Ray Bourque changed his jersey number (when the Bruins retired Phil Esposito’s No. 7). Or when the paralyzed player Normand Leveille came back to the Garden and was being helped around the ice.

“But that night after the marathon tragedy takes center stage,” he said. “There was another event like that again.”

Amazing song

Rancourt could talk about his “ride” for hours. Over the coming days, he probably will.

Not only is he retiring as the Bruins’ anthem singer, he’s all but ending his performing career — at weddings, birthdays and other appearances where he sings the anthem. He was a semi-regular at Merrimack College men’s hockey games.

“The real reason is the preparation,” said Rancourt, sounding like an athlete near the end. “You just don’t show up and sing the anthem. There is a lot of practice involved, a lot working on the voice.

“I have a lot of pride in what I do, and not being at my best would not be acceptable,” he said. “It can be very lonely when you are struggling.”

Rancourt and his wife didn’t have any children, so there won’t be tending to grandchildren or anything like that.

“We just want to relax and enjoy life, travel a bit,” he said.

And he isn’t totally giving up performances. He’ll be offering his services as a “wedding crasher,” where he’ll show up and sing the anthem for guests.

As his final performance at the Garden gets closer — along with his last “o’er the land of the free and home of the brave” — Rancourt continues to reflect on the anthem drawn from Francis Scott Key’s poetic account of the British attack on Baltimore in 1814.

“It has literally followed me around my entire life. What an amazing song,“ he said. “My goal was always to focus on the words of the anthem. I didn’t make any changes, like a lot of people, do.”

Rancourt describes himself as a ham.

“I like to joke around and do things my way,” he said. “But with the anthem, it was different. I sang it the way it was composed. It deserves the utmost respect.”

Of course, that changes at the end of each performance. When the anthem is done, Rancourt adds a personal touch — the fist pumps.

“That’s me. That’s the ham in me,” he said. “I hope people enjoyed it. I had the time of my life.”

 Who Replaced Rene Rancourt

Bruins taking applications to replace iconic anthem singer Rene Rancourt

BOSTON (WHDH) – The Boston Bruins are now taking applications to find a replacement for iconic national anthem singer Rene Rancourt.

Rancourt retired this past season after more than 40 years of singing in front of Boston fans.

There will no longer be a signature fist-pump following the anthem, but now someone else will get a chance to leave their mark.

The team will hold auditions on Aug. 5. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 1.

Several singers will be selected and rotated during the upcoming season, according to the team.

Those who are interested can apply by clicking here.

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