Tuesday, May 9, 2017

O Canada!

It happened last month in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. About 18,000 hockey fans, mostly Canadian, were gathered at Rogers Place to watch Game 3 of the Edmonton Oilers vs. the Anaheim Ducks. Singing national anthems is the most patriotic part of any sports event, and Brett Kissel stepped to the microphone to sing the United States anthem. He tried to start three times, but his mike did not work and he could not be heard.

Totally unfazed, Kissel stepped back from the microphone and raised his arms to conduct the anthem. Everyone sang with gusto. The Canadian crowd knew every word! "To hear the audience passionately sing both the Canadian AND United States anthems was inspiring and powerful," said Ducks owners Henry and Susan Sameuli. The Ducks won 6-3, but Edmonton proved how nice Canadians really are. If the game was played in the U.S., how many fans would know the words to O Canada?  To see this memorable moment in sports, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=v324_vjrDr8

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