OPINION: The is not just ungratefulness or even disrespect as some have suggested. It was premeditated unpatriotism in all its arrogant and ill-mannered display. As a veteran, athletes who demonstrate such tactics MUST be disbarred from representing the country they deem inappropriate.
This week, heretofore nearly anonymous hammer thrower Gwen Berry made international headlines when, during the podium ceremony for winning bronze in an Olympic trial, she turned away from the United States flag as the national anthem played...
If Wednesday morning you had said to me that an unabashed display of Patriotism was going to break out in Uniondale, NY that evening I probably would have given you odds (only kidding) against it. Seriously with NY being one of the bastions of liberalism in the US patriotism does not seem high on the list of priorities. Yet as this article relates it certainly did and it is great to see that the NHL at least has not been overtaken by WOKEISM like other professional sports.
Hockey fans during Wednesday night’s NHL playoff game between the New York Islanders and the Boston Bruins delivered an unforgettable rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Singer-songwriter Nicole Raviv, who regularly delivers the national anthem before Islanders games at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, led the performance.
According to the New York Post, the coliseum held a sellout crowd of 13,917 during the Wednesday night game.
What are the details?
During Wednesday night’s Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, thousands of fans in attendance hopped in and sang along with Raviv.
At one point, a grinning Raviv pointed the microphone toward the massive audience, emboldening them to sing even prouder and louder.
The Islanders beat the Bruins 6-2 and will move on to the semifinals.
Following the performance, Raviv took to Twitter, writing, “My heart is full. The coliseum will forever have the best backup singers in the #NHL.”
The 27-year-old performer, who moved to New York from Canada in 2012, later shared additional footage of the performance and added, “#isles fans are heroes. This is more anthem footage from the most memorable performance. Gonna miss this barn[.]”
The New York Post reported that Raviv said that the experience was “magical.”
“It was very unique. Not everyone can experience something like that,” Raviv said. “Last year, I started to sing not in front of fans. So, it was as if we were back to normal. It was really special. It was magical.”
She added, “I have sang the anthem for many sporting events. This one was unique and I never felt a crowd like that. It was an amazing moment for me and everyone who was there.”