Canadian Hockey Fans Sing 'Star-Spangled Banner,' Go Viral

After singer's mic fails, the crowd takes over
By Gina Carey,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2017 7:05 PM CDT

Even amidst the fiercest sports rivalries, Canadians don’t betray the stereotype of being incredibly nice. According to Fox News, country singer Brett Kissel asked our neighbors to the north at Rogers Place, the Edmonton Oilers' home base, to help him out when his mic failed during the American national anthem before a playoff match against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday night. The Oilers fans, known for belting out their own anthem, "O Canada," filled the rafters with a bellowing rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

The NHL posted footage of the sing-a-long to its official Twitter page; the post had garnered more than 40,000 likes at the time of this article's posting. "As it turns out, sometimes a glitch can produce a great moment," says Oilers coach Todd McLellan, per The Ducks ended up besting the Oilers in a 6-3 win at Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round Series, where the Oilers are ahead 2-1. (More NHL stories.)

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