Maple Leafs fans belt out US national anthem in Toronto after singer’s mic cuts out
Toronto Maple Leafs Fans came to the aid of their American counterparts before Monday night’s game against the Buffalo Sabers when the singer’s microphone went off during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The packed crowd at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena didn’t even flinch when singer Natalie Morris’s mic went down just as she began singing the American anthem. national anthem
A crowd of more than 18,000 fans, mostly Leafs fans, belted out the words as Morris, who had been given two mics that apparently didn’t work, continued to sing along.
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“It was great,” Leafs standout Auston Matthews, also from the U.S., said after the game. “I thought it was great to see everybody coming together — in any building, but obviously when you’re in Toronto and it’s the American anthem.”
“I thought it was a really nice gesture by every single person in the arena to help him finish it and then hand it back to him,” he added with a laugh. Seems a little better when she does better anyway.”
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The technical issues were quickly resolved and Morris was able to sing “O Canada” without any issue.
“Being in Canada and hearing the crowd sing our anthem was a very special moment,” Sabers coach Don Granato added.
“Greetings to the fans in here. I think it will be a memorable thing for anyone in the building. What a great place it is. A lot of great people and they came to the occasion at that time.”
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According to the Toronto Sun. Patience Ironically the only American professional sports team to play the Canadian anthem at all of their home games.