What exactly is a Rene Rancournament?
It’s a holiday ornament modeled after B's anthem singer and Garden legend Rene Rancourt and the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive one as they walk through the turnstiles tonight .
This morning, BostonBruins.com contacted Mr. Rancourt to get the inside scoop on the "Rancournament" and the holiday ornament that bears his likeness.
Rancourt said he knew about the unique giveaway item for some time.
"A few weeks ago because we had a plan on a photo shoot for the cover of the thing and then go up at the Garden and record the little tidbits of singing that I do on there, so I knew way ahead of time, and I’ve been on pins and needles since then wondering what it was going to look like," he said, before he added that the likeness was "very good."
"What’s surprising is that you can just discern the little, tiny mustache," he explained of the figurine, which plays three musical clips and offers a special message from the B's.
"I do have a few," said Rancourt. "The Bruins office gave me a few of the ornaments, and I’m cherishing them because my family members, of course, all want one."
Bruins fans, will, of course want one, too!
Rancourt, who has been singing to fans for over 30 years, has been a staple in both the old Garden and in TD Garden, but he never thought that his musical career would take him to Causeway Street.
In fact, before he sang in the Boston Garden, he had never been to a B's game.
"The reason that I never came is that I was a very serious classical opera student at BU and I didn’t care anything about sports. I knew nothing about it," said Rancourt via phone this morning. "As a matter of fact, when I met the famous organist John Kiley and he asked me to sing for the Bruins, I said, 'Well where do they play?' and he said 'At the Garden.' I said, 'Where is that?' and he said 'Go to North Station. You’ll find it.'"
Rancourt has been here ever since.
"As soon as I saw those rabid fans, I said, 'Boy, this is for me.' And I just kept showing up. As the years rolled by, you’re there for ten years or more, and then twenty," he said.
Tonight marks a bit of a unique night for the singer and he admits that there are some extra nerves going into tonight's performance. However, like many B's players, Rancourt says that nerves are part of the deal.
"Oh yes. Matter of fact, I think I get more nervous as the years roll on because it would seem the opposite, but it’s because when you’re young, you know how fearless you are when you’re young. You think you can conquer the world, but when you get older, you realize, 'Uh oh. A lot of things can happen here,' so you get a little more nervous," he said.
And tonight, with 10,000 little versions of himself in the stands, Rancourt said the butterflys will be very active.
"Tonight’s the night," he said. "I’ve been trying to meditate today during the day so that I don’t do anything different. I just want to be, you know, like it’s a normal night and it’s going to be very difficult to achieve that."
Maybe, but we think Mr. Rancourt will do just fine!