We here at Puck Daddy are incredibly fond of Rene Rancourt, the anthem singer for the Boston Bruins. From his stellar pipes, to his incredibly patriotic fashion sense, to his ability to deliver endless fist pumps, if we could hire him to sing random songs at Puck Daddy HQ, we would; hell, people have hired him to perform at their weddings. (Lucky dogs.)
So with no NHL hockey being played, hockey fans in Boston and across the world are robbed of Rene's pre-game magic show. But fear not, as the San Jose Sharks' AHL affiliates in nearby Worcester have come to save the day, if only for just one night.
On Tuesday, the Baby Sharks announced that they've signed Rancourt to a one-game ATO (anthem tryout), where he'll perform before their game on Saturday night against the Portland Pirates.
"I would like to thank the Worcester Sharks for the opportunity to stay in shape during the NHL work stoppage," said Rene Rancourt. "I look forward to get my vocal cords back in game shape in the AHL and look forward to making my Sharks debut at the DCU Center on December 16."
"The Sharks are excited to have an NHL caliber voice singing the national anthem before the Sharks game on December 16," said Mudd. "We are thrilled to give Rene Rancourt the opportunity to work on his famous fist pumps and salute at the DCU Center in Worcester.
Too bad the Sharks aren't giving out an updated Christmas Rancournament...
Finally, from the Boston Globe in April, here's Rancourt in his own words describing what his life is like during "game day":
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