The professionals took to the ice Wednesday evening, their hope being that, by simply do their jobs well on one emotional night, they could help lift the city and move its citizens forward.
Among those professionals was Rene Rancourt, a TD Garden fixture who delivers the national anthem at Bruins home games. But Rancourt, like the Bruins and other Bostonians surrounding him, admitted that even he wasn’t sure he could make it through what promised to be a difficult night.
“As I was getting ready, warming up my voice during the day — because it’s not that easy a song to do — I found myself breaking up and tearing up while I was practicing,” Rancourt told Dennis & Callahan on Thursday morning. “I said, ‘Gee, I don’t know if I can get through this thing.’”
That evening, Bruins fans were invited to sing along during the anthem. Rancourt started the song then pulled his microphone down and directed the crowd as it sang the words.
“It was a very different sensation for me,” Rancourt sai