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18,000 Canadian Hockey Fans Belted Out The US Anthem After The Mic Failed

What a moment.

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When the microphone failed during the singing of the US national anthem this weekend, Edmonton Oilers fans stepped up and the whole arena belted out "The Star-Spangled Banner."

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The Oilers hosted the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday for a second-round playoff game.

Canadian country singer Brett Kissel was supposed to sing the anthem. Although his voice came across on TV, people at Rogers Place apparently couldn't hear him. That's when he asked the crowd to take over, and they happily obliged.

Here's what it sounds like when 18,000 Canadians sing the American anthem to welcome the visiting team.

An incredible moment When the mic doesn’t work, the crowd takes over & belts out The Star-Spangled Banner... ...In…


Tons of people were moved by the impromptu singalong.

We don't deserve to have Canada as friends.

Canadians are my favorite Americans

Even the Anaheim Ducks showed their appreciation.

This was a pretty great moment!

Kissel later explained what happened. "The best singers & fans are in #OilCountry!" he tweeted.

Mic didn't work for the anthems tonight @RogersPlace. But no worries. The best singers & fans are in #OilCountry! @EdmontonOilers!

Ishmael Daro is a social news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Toronto.

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