The Tampa Bay Lightning hoped to start the Stanley Cup playoffs strong in Game 1 against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. However, Lightning anthem singer Max DeFrancesco’s painful rendition of “O Canada” might have destroyed his team’s competitive edge before the game even started.
DeFrancesco appeared nervous as he squeaked out the first few notes, cracking several times before completely losing track of the melody. To make things worse, the aspiring opera singer occasionally slipped into Italian.
“The aspiring opera singer with Opera Naples seemed to mingle French and Italian as he worked his way through the song,” John Dujay of o.canada.com wrote. “Montreal Canadiens fans must have squirmed!”
The Canadiens went on to take Game 1 in a 4-3 overtime victory.
Check out DeFrancesco’s rough performance in the video below.
Hockey fans were displeased to say the least.
Jim Lang (@JimLangSports) April 16, 2014
Where did the Tampa Bay Lightning get their anthem singer? Are there cats dying?—
Eric Fradsham (@EFradsham) April 16, 2014
Tyler Cooper (@ClericalBeats) April 16, 2014
Jason Lorette (@jayradio) April 16, 2014
Sweet voice cracks from the anthem singer in Tampa. #TakeALap—
J Demmons (@HandzeFlopitar) April 16, 2014
Thumbnail photo via Twitter/@BrandonHabs