Oh Say Can you Canadians Sing, by the Star Spangled Banner?

Toronto fans sing Star Spangled Banner

– photo courtesy of resources1.news.com

Talk about the exemplification of the Canadian hockey soul!  On November 18th, the Toronto Maple Leafs  hosted the Nashville Predators .  Not an unusual occurrence in any stretch of the imagination on a cold winter’s evening in Canada.  Ah, but this night was different.

As you may (or may not) know, the Canadian National Anthem is played prior to the commencement of a hockey game in the NHL (National Hockey League) if a Canadian team is playing.  The same goes for the American National Anthem; and, as you have probably deduced (clever you!) if a team from each country is playing, both anthems are played.  It usually consists of a soloist, special guest singer, you get the idea.

On this particular evening, as the soloist provided the crowd with her rendition of the American National Anthem, the, “Star Spangled Banner” the microphone ceremoniously cut out.  With what can only be coined as a, “Great Canadian Moment” didn’t the entire crowd pick up where the microphone let off, and sang the, “Star Spangled Banner” in honor of the American team.

Canadians singing the Star Spangled Banner; indeed, how, “Canadian” of them to do so!!

Toronto Maple Leafs play the Nashville Predators

– photo courtesy of huffpost.com

I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that a few weeks ago prior to the start of a Pittsburgh Penguins versus the Philadelphia Flyers hockey game (both American teams), something wonderful happened.  In honor of Canadians (and the recent tragedy that occurred on Parliament Hill when a Canadian soldier was killed) the Canadian National Anthem, “O Canada” was played in lieu of the American National Anthem.

I for one am convinced that hockey does, in fact, warm the heart, despite the rink of ice it is played on.  Some things happen for a wonderful reason; even failed microphones can have their place in contributing to magical moments!



  18 comments for “Oh Say Can you Canadians Sing, by the Star Spangled Banner?

  1. November 24, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Well that’s one way to do the anthem lol


  2. November 24, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Canadians are Cool.


    • November 24, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Although perhaps a tad biased that I am *grin*, I like to think so too, Ronnie!! Cher xo

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  3. November 24, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    It gave me such an overwhelming feeling when I saw this on the news. When most of the world seems to hate you – it sure feels welcome. Too bad not many in the US could sing O Canada!


    • November 24, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      It does show the strong connection between Canada and the US, doesn’t it? I know exactly what you mean; and yes, I dare say there aren’t too many here who could sing O Canada. I should start teaching it!!! *grin* Cher xo


  4. November 24, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    gpcox is right. I wouldn’t recognize the Canadian national anthem if it was instrumental and no one was singing it. Sorry, Cher. But, I don’t think I ever heard it. Anyway, this post’s topic is a beautiful tribute to the sport teams. They do have a big heart(s).


    • November 24, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Hi dear Carol! Ah, bless! They sure do have big hearts, don’t they? Perhaps I’ll post the Canadian National Anthem’s lyrics sometime! Cher xo


      • November 25, 2014 at 8:15 pm

        I would like that. I’m sure it must be a beautiful song and inspirational.


      • November 25, 2014 at 8:55 pm

        Well I most certainly shall do that, Carol!! Cher xo


  5. November 25, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Additionally, since my high school was founded in 1965 the school song has always been sung to the tune of Oh Canada. Maybe I’m a Canadian and don’t know it.


    • November 25, 2014 at 7:41 am

      No kidding, Phil! Well now that’s one for the books! I think you are Canadian! Don’t be surprised if one day you simply must find a Tim Hortons coffee to take to the hockey game! Cher xo

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  6. November 25, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Wonderful, I felt quite tearful reading this.


    • November 25, 2014 at 8:10 am

      Ah, thank you, Hilary! My parents were watching the game on television; I do believe the very old saying, “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house” was applicable that evening. Cher xo


  7. November 25, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    What a touching and prideful-making (yeah, I’m pretty sure I just made that word up) post! Thank you!! 🙂


  8. November 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Oh, such lovely, heart-warming stories! I have been in Canada for two weeks now and Canadians are amazing. So much so that I am contemplating going for a two-year visa here from next summer. In my experience, everything I’ve heard about the friendliness and genuineness of Canadians is true! And this post just reiterates what a cool group they are!!


    • November 28, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Well my dear Laura! How you have made me feel great! Thank you and I think I can speak for my fellow Canucks when I say, “Welcome”! I think sometimes people here wonder how I can be so friendly; I merely have to say, “I’m from Canada” which is usually accompanied by a, “Oh, yes”! *biggest grin* I do hope you let me know what you decide! Cher xo

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