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Another botched national anthem

Posted by Angela Nelson, Boston.com Staff  May 20, 2013 08:11 AM

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By Dana Hatic, Boston.com correspondent

A Canadian singer at Saturday's Memorial Cup hockey game butchered the American national anthem in shocking form, making up words and making the crowd laugh and groan.

Alexis Normand's rendition was unlike the American national anthem in every way. After second guessing herself and correcting the "twilight's last gleaming" to "first gleaming," she stumbled and mumbled through the lyrics, making up her own, but still managing to elicit cheers of encouragement from the crowd during awkwardly long pauses between verses.

Normand, a jazz singer from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, usually sings in French, and offered apologies for the performance on Twitter, saying she wished she had more time to learn the American anthem before the junior ice hockey league championships.

The Canadian Hockey League's Portland Winterhawks and Halifax Mooseheads stood on the ice during her performance, some shifting in place and others laughing into their gloves.

Despite the abominable stumbles, Normand pulled through for the final words of the anthem, and fans belted them out along with her.

Take a look at the full version here.

If you're going to screw up the national anthem, at least do it with the gusto of Frank Drebin.

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