— NHL (@NHL) April 30, 2017
Here’s a pretty awesome display of friendship from our neighbors to the north.
Prior to last night’s second round playoff game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Anaheim Ducks, Anthem singer Brett Kissel‘s microphone failed. But the fans picked him up by singing the entire U.S. National Anthem en masse.
Something similar happened earlier this NHL season. A singer’s mic malfunctioned prior to a Vancouver Canucks game in November, and the crowd stepped in to sing the final two lines of The Star-Spangled Banner.
This, however, was far more impressive as the fans belted out the whole song.
It poses the question of whether an American hockey audience would be able to reciprocate. Canadian hockey fans are exposed the the U.S. Anthem far more than the other way around, as they hear it at all games except for those against the handful of other Canadian teams. But American fans only get to hear O Canada a few times per year. Could they step up and sing it if called upon?
Last night, Edmonton Oilers fans certainly rose to the occasion. And moreover, they did it in a boisterous, respectful fashion. A truly wonderful moment.
Watch above, via the NHL.
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