BOSTON (CBS) – It was a curtain call of sorts for a fixture on the ice in Boston.

Rene Rancourt gave his regular season farewell to Bruins fans Sunday night at the TD Garden. The 78-year-old national anthem singer has been performing at Bruins games for 42 years.

Rene Rancourt sing the national anthem before the game between the Boston Bruins and the Florida Panthers at TD Garden on April 8, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Fans gave Rancourt a standing ovation, and he got the crowd going with his usual “first pumps.” Rancourt is retiring after the season, so he’s still got at least a few playoff games to sing.

The team honored Rancourt with a golden microphone and Bruins jersey – No. 42. Rancourt also dropped the ceremonial first puck.


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