Vancouver Canucks-Chicago Blackhawks Keep NHL National Anthem Tradition Great

May 12th, 2010 by Adam Sprague Leave a reply »
Initially I sat down to write my analysis of last night’s game six game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver Canucks, but decided to take a different route and talk about one of the most consistently moving and special traditions in sports.

Yes, I’m referring to the national anthems before last night’s NHL playoff game.

This is one of the greatest traditions for a number of reasons, but when a Canadian team is playing a team located in the United States it always has a little something extra that guarantees to stir emotion from the fans and viewers.

One of the most interesting things to note is that every nigh a different reaction is waiting to explode.

Sometimes we hear fans booing the other country’s anthem.

Other times we get a bit more class from the fans and the opposing anthem is applauded or at least tolerated.

Either way it is exhilarating. 

There are not many sports that one can do a Google search for the national anthem of a specific game and find it’s on YouTube with six pages of comments, but that’s what the NHL gives us every night. I ...

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