BOSTON - Rene Rancourt, admittedly, was not a hockey guy.
As a student at Boston University, his focus was far more on the theater than it was the ice. But eventually his love for the opera crossed paths with the sports world - and an unlikely Boston legend was born.
"I would never have gone to a hockey game. I am an opera singer," Rancourt said during the first intermission of Wednesday night's Bruins-Canadiens tilt at TD Garden. "I was at Boston University way deep into opera and Boston conservatory, and I never would think to go to a hockey game, 'What is that?'
"But I sang at Fenway Park one day and the organist there, the famous organist John Kiley said, 'Can you sing for the Bruins?' and I said, 'Where do they play?' They say, 'You know, North Station,' and I said, 'Oh yes.'
"When I saw the fan reaction, it was a far cry from the grand old opera, I'll tell you. It was unbelievable. I said, 'these are my people.'"