BOSTON - The Boston Bruins announced today that Todd Angilly will become the official anthem singer of the team, becoming the first to hold the title since the retirement of Garden legend, Rene Rancourt, at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season. In this role, Todd will perform approximately 80% of the Boston Bruins regular season home games. The remaining games will rotate between various singers.
Angilly is a Warwick, Rhode Island native who currently resides in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. He is a probation officer by day, and during the Bruins and Celtics seasons, he is a bartender at the SportsDeck, located on level 5 of TD Garden. The 44-year-old is trained as an opera singer from his time at the New England Conservatory, and has performed for all five Boston professional sports teams.
Angilly got his first chance to perform the anthem at TD Garden on November 2, 2017, as the Bruins faced off against the Vegas Golden Knights. While working as a bartender at the SportsDeck, Angilly was asked to fill in for the previously scheduled anthem singer who was unable to make it into TD Garden.
After the retirement of Rene Rancourt, the Boston Bruins held live auditions on August 8, 2018 to find a rotating group of singers who would perform the anthem at home games during the 2018-19 season. Out of more than 600 applications, 52 finalists were chosen to partake in the live auditions. Angilly was the first out of that group of finalists to be selected to perform last season.
Throughout the 2018-19 regular season, Angilly sang the anthem at 16 games at TD Garden, and was the primary choice for games where both the American and Canadian anthems were required. In the playoffs, Angilly performed at each home game throughout the team's run to the Stanley Cup Final.