Canadian Hockey Fans Sing American National Anthem After Microphone Malfunction (Video)
U.S. President Donald Trump has been playing hardball with Canada recently, blaming the Great White North for the lagging Wisconsin dairy industry and threatening to impose new tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber imports.
Fortunately, our friendly northern neighbors are not taking it personally. In fact, on Sunday night 20,000 of them sang the American national anthem when a microphone malfunctioned before an NHL playoff game.
Canadian country singer Brett Kissel was supposed to sing the American anthem prior to Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinas between the Ducks and Oilers in Edmonton on Sunday. However, when he went to belt out the first notes of “The Star Spangled Banner,” he discovered that the mic wasn’t working.
Fortunately Kissel is a pro, and the Oilers fans were ready to step up and do their part. Take a look:
Hats off to the hockey fans of Edmonton for that classy gesture.
Of course, this was not the first time Canadian hockey fans have pinched in to make sure their southern neighbors didn’t feel slighted. Back in 2014 Toronto Maple Leafs fans stepped up to finish the American national anthem after a glitch in the PA system at the Air Canada Centre.
And we would be remiss if we didn’t point out that American hockey fans have done the same for Canada, too. Penguins fans sang “O Canada” in 2014 before a game against the Flyers to pay tribute to a Canadian soldier who had been murdered on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill.
Basically, American and Canadian hockey fans have got each others’ backs.
Hat Tip – [NHL.com]