It all started with a microphone malfunction.
Canadian country music star Brett Kissel was going to perform the national anthems of the United States and Canada before the third game of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but his mic wasn’t working. The Edmonton Oilers’ fans really stepped up for the U.S.!
— NHL (@NHL) April 30, 2017
The Washington Post reports:
Canadian country music artist Brett Kissel was prepared to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “O Canada” before Game 3 of the second-round Stanley Cup playoff series between the Oilers and Ducks in Edmonton on Sunday, but technical issues with the audio system at Rogers Place forced the Flat Lake, Alberta, native to improvise.
After Kissel realized something was amiss with his microphone at the start of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” he gestured for the crowd to join him in an impromptu sing-along. The 18,000-plus fans in attendance, most of them Oilers fans, joined forces for a beautiful rendition of the American national anthem.
This is completely awesome!
The United States owes these fans a debt of gratitude. It truly is amazing that they even knew the words to the “Star Spangled Banner.” It would probably be tough to find 20,000 Americans in one city who could sing the Canadian national anthem.
The Oilers’ fans good deed didn’t translate into good Karma during the game. The Anaheim Ducks went on to defeat the Oilers 6-3.
Still, the true winners of that game are the Oilers’ fans. Thanks for showing everyone what true sportsmanship is all about!