Rene Rancourt Wiki
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.
Rene Rancourt Biography
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.
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 Age
Rene Rancourt is an American singer who was born on 4 August 1939, in Lewiston, Maine, United States.
Rene Rancourt Family
Rancourt was born in Lewiston, Maine, the son of Leon Rancourt and Bernadette Guenette, French-Canadians from Quebec.
Rene Rancourt Wife
Rene is married to his beautiful wife Maria.
Rene Rancourt Children
Information will be updated soon.
Rene Rancourt Height
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 Salary
Rene’s salary is estimated to be between $10k to $50k per year.
Rene Rancourt 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.
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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