WATCH: Edmonton Hockey Fans Help Brett Kissel Sing U.S. Anthem
Canadian country singer Brett Kissel had an anthem malfunction Sunday at an Edmonton Oilers game — and hockey fans came to his rescue.
As he launched into the U.S. national anthem, “Star-Spangled Banner,” Kissel realized his mic didn’t appear to be working. Hearing fans in the crowd starting to sing, the Alberta native encouraged everyone in the arena to join.
The anthem moment quickly went viral, with many people suggesting an arena full of American hockey fans would never have been able to do the same with a Canadian anthem. (In fairness, the words to “Star-Spangled Banner” were displayed in Rogers Place.)
“The best singers & fans are in #OilCountry,” Kissel later tweeted. He also tweeted at Ellen Degeneres, hoping the moment would get a mention on her daytime talk show.