You always get a special feeling when you’re at a hockey game and the crowd joins in for the national anthem before puck drop. It’s a feeling that escalates during the playoffs, and can certainly pump up the home crowd before game time.
But something different happened tonight in Edmonton.
Before Game 3 between the Oilers and Anaheim Ducks, country music star and Alberta native Brett Kissel had an apparent mic issue and asked the crowd to “sing it together.” And did they ever.
The entire arena, all 18,000-plus of them, sang the Star Spangled Banner. All of it. Word for word.
Pure class, Edmonton. Pure class.
— NHL (@NHL) April 30, 2017
One of the coolest things ever seen at Sporting event, Edmonton Oilers fans sing entire U.S. National anthem word for word.
— JAY JANOWER (@DOUBLEJGLOBALBC) April 30, 2017
Donald Trump: I hate Canada, it’s the worst.
Edmonton: 18k #Oilers fans singing the American anthem in unison.
— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) April 30, 2017
Oilers fans are the best. Absolutely belting out the American national anthem. Heroes, all of you. -bm #MISSION17
— OilersNation.com (@OilersNation) April 30, 2017
— Lucas Meyer (@meyer_lucas) April 30, 2017
19,000 Canadians just sang the American anthem from memory at the #Oilers game. Your move USA 🏒 🇨🇦
— Kari-Lynn (@KariLynn_87) April 30, 2017
— Jeff Hendrick (@jeffhendrick) April 30, 2017
— Nick Yakimchuk (@nyekimchuk14) April 30, 2017
Wait, did all the fans in the Edmonton Oilers arena just sing the 🇺🇸 National Anthem?! #Respect 👏
— Dario (@DarioMouse) April 30, 2017
— Mike Dirsa (@DirsaMike) April 30, 2017
Oilers fans at Rogers Place, in unison, singing the American National Anthem. How cool was that? #StanleyCup
— Arda Ocal (@ArdaOcalTV) April 30, 2017
Over to you American teams!
— McPlayoffs Baby!!! (@BeerLeagueHeroe) April 30, 2017
COULD YOU IMAGINE AMERICA TRYING TO SING THE CANADIAN ANTHEM??? way to go Edmonton. #Oilers
— Kaitlyn Bristowe (@kaitlynbristowe) April 30, 2017
— Craig Button (@CraigJButton) April 30, 2017
— Hockey 24|7 (@iamhockey1) April 30, 2017