Star-Spangled Banner Gets Butchered During Memorial Cup (Video)
The Memorial Cup is an annual hockey tournament played between the champions from each of the three leagues in the Canadian Hockey League (the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League), as well as one host team. And seeing as how the participants are all from within the Canadian Hockey League, that means the tournament usually consists of only Canadian teams and it is often hosted by a Canadian city.
However, there are occasions when the tournament does take place in the United States of America—it was hosted by Portland in 1983 and 1986, by Seattle in 1992 and by Spokane in 1998. And there have also been several instances when an American team has won their respective league and participated in the Memorial Cup. This year’s edition of the tournament is one of those instances, as the Portland Winterhawks won the Western Hockey League and they kicked off their 2013 Memorial Cup tournament in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with a 7-4 loss to the Halifax Mooseheads on Saturday.
And if the defeat wasn’t already hard enough for these teenagers to swallow, they also had to sit through this embarrassing rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner prior to the opening puck-drop. Check it out:
Congratulations Alexis Normand. You have just entered your name onto the ballot for “Worst Star-Spangled Banner Ever!” Winning, on the other hand, could be tough, as you’re up against some stiff competition.