Published May 19, 2013
Jazz singer Alexis Normand garnered a penalty before a Saturday hockey game in Canada after slashing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” SI.com reports.
Normand delivered an unforgettable version of America’s national anthem during a Memorial Cup round-robin game between the Halifax Mooseheads and the Portland Winterhawks in Saskatoon.
According to SI.com, Normand made it through the first few lines of the national anthem, but botched the line, “twilight’s last gleaming” with “twilight’s first gleaming.”
As Norman lapsed into a Hall of Fame meltdown, she mixed in various phrases at random, as well as mumbles and hums in an attempt to fill in the gaps.
While some – including the players -- seemed amused, the crowd skated to the rescue, singing the words in an attempt to get Normand back on track. After about 90 seconds, the performance ended.
After the spectacle, according to LarryBrownSports.com, Normand reportedly said she was only prepared to sing “O Canada,” which is the Canadian national anthem, and didn’t realize she would also have to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” because a team from Oregon was playing.
After the game, she tweeted: I’m embarrassed and deeply sorry. I wish I’d had more time to learn the American anthem. Thanks so much for the crowd’s help!