Rene Rancourt and Sam James to perform on Dec 16

Garden legend Rene Rancourt and The VOICE’s Sam James to perform on Dec. 16
By Matt Metcalf
The Sharks have a big game coming up on Sunday, December 16, as they host divisional rival the Portland Pirates. The Sharks have an event-filled night as Rene Rancourt will sing the national anthem prior to the game, former contestant on ‘The Voice,’ Sam James will sing Christmas carols during the first intermission, and the community event ‘Give Moore for the Holidays’ will take place after the game.
Rene’s voice is a familiar one to many Bruins fans around New England. Those who have been deprived of Rene Rancourt singing the national anthem during the lockout will have a chance to hear him in Worcester. His signature fist pump and salute will be on display prior to the Sharks hosting the Portland Pirates on December 16 at 3pm.
Rancourt first sang in Boston at Fenway Park prior to game six of the World Series, getting his big break when the woman who was supposed to sing cancelled her appearance. He was noticed by John Kiley, long-time organist at Fenway and the Boston Garden, after taking part in an opera singing audition on the radio. Rancourt has become a face linked to Boston Bruins hockey, singing the anthem before home games for over 35 years. He began singing regularly for the Bruins in 1976 at the old Boston Garden. Since then, Rancourt has become a Bruins legend. Check out Rancourt singing the anthem before game six of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals:
Former contestant on NBC’s hit show ‘The Voice’ and Worcester native Sam James will also be on hand December 16, singing Christmas carols during the first intermission in the team’s last home game before Christmas. While competing on ‘The Voice,’ James worked with Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and his rendition of John Lennon’s classic hit “Imagine” peaked at #11 on the ITunes Rock Charts. James began performing at coffeehouses in Worcester at the young age of 15, molding his skills as a singer-songwriter. As word quickly spread of his talent, James had the opportunity of opening for established artists such as Third Eye Blind, Ingram Hill, and Chuck Berry.
The game on December 16 also marks the annual Worcester Sharks community event ‘Give Moore for the Holidays.’ This program allows the Sharks to provide Christmas gifts for families in need. Leading the charge in this event are Sharks players Nick Petrecki, Matt Irwin, and Bracken Kearns. The Rainbow Child Development Center, which is a non-profit child-care agency that is funded by the United Way, is teaming up with the Sharks this year. Children of the Rainbow Child Development Center and their families will attend the game on December 16 and, following the game, there will be a Christmas celebration, where players will present toys to the children.
This isn’t a game that you want to miss. In addition to everything else that is going on, it should be a great game on the ice. The Sharks are hosting a divisional foe in the Portland Pirates. The last meeting between these two teams at the DCU Center is one that won’t be forgotten any time soon. This game featured a total of 143 penalty minutes and 15 total fighting majors, including two brawls that ensued late in the third period. Yanni Gourde led the way offensively for the Sharks, chipping in with two goals in a 5-1 win.
To get tickets for this can’t miss game, contact the Sharks front office at 508-929-0500.

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