Boston, MA– In the same way that Vin Scully was the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers for decades, the Boston Bruins boasted a home game stalwart singer for 40 years of the franchise. For every hockey game played at the TD Garden for four decades, the Bruins and the opposing team would be treated to a rendition of the national anthem by Rene Rancourt. Rancourt's showmanship and iconic voice made him a musical legend in the landscape of Boston sports, but after last season, he decided to step down from his post and retire. He left some massive shoes to fill, but his replacement seems to be up to the task.
Todd Angilly is experiencing the post-season for the first time as Boston's national anthem singer as he is wrapping up his first season on the job. Angilly belts out the tune before each game in his now-signature yellow and black tie, as well as the Canadian national anthem when the Bruins faced off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in round one. He has a stunning voice and is a worthy successor to Rancourt's legacy.
However, there is more to the story of Angilly. Hockey fans were given a peek into what his daily routine is like at the TD Garden thanks to a tweet from the official NHL on NBC Sports account.
So during every Bruins home game, Todd Angilly has to step away from his post as one of the stadium's concession stand bartenders and hustle down to the ice to belt out the national anthem. What happens after that? He just goes back to work, serving drinks and chatting with fans in attendance who might have just been blown away by his pipes. Besides being the Bruins' national anthem singer and a bartender at the Garden, Angilly is also a probation officer. Talk about a Renaissance man! He can do it all.
Now that we know more about Angilly, we will hopefully see plenty more of him over the course of the next month and a half or so.
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