There is debate about what was the worst moment in Canadian history. Some say it was the Halifax Explosion of 1917 that killed an estimated 2000 people. More say it was when Michael J Fox left Edmonton to come to the States in 1979. I’d have been in that second camp, but this moment from Friday’s Penticton Vees game in BC might change my mind.

Or at least it would have, until that dang neighborly Canadian crowd saved the day.

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Anthem singer Bob McDonald, not in spandex, and the Brouwer Rangers. (Photo: @CAPLDY)

Yesterday, we announced that Troy and Carmen Brouwer will be joining us this Saturday, Sept. 6, for  #PARTYZORD: The Brouwer Rangers / RMNB ‘Legends of Ice Dancing’ Tour de Pouwer (to support Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena)™. But if hanging out with the Washington Capitals’ best player* and his cool wife isn’t your thing, maybe our next VIP guest will be.

We’re excited to announce that the one and only Bob McDonald – star of stage and screen, part-time wine snob and certified American hero – will be kicking off the festivities with his beloved rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” a.k.a. our national anthem, promptly at 10 a.m.

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Not everyone loves it when Orioles fans cheer “O!” during the National Anthem at Verizon Center. Such as Nats fans and The Washington Post’s Mike Wise (just search for the words “tainted gene pool”). Also sharing that sentiment are these Cubs fans at Wrigley Field, who first were confused, then outraged by the shouting.

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Tonight’s exhilarating win in Montreal was marred by some nonsense. A small, but vocal segment of the Canadiens fan base took it upon themselves to boo the Star-Spangled Banner (also here and here). No one asked the booing throng for their finer details of their political ideology, but it’s safe to say that a seed of anti-American sentiment blossoms in Montreal.

Regardless of the outcome on Wednesday night, this quarterfinal playoff series will soon return to Washington, D.C., and there we will have a choice. Will the Phone Booth return fire, booing “O Canada” from start to finish, or will they take the high road?

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