High School Hockey Commish Cancels Pre-game Anthem

US Flag 3 SC High school hockey commish cancels pre game anthem

The commissioner of a Pennsylvania hockey league is curtailing the practice of beginning games with the national anthem, which has many fans crying foul.

“We are recommending the national anthem not be played, or sung, or whatever it is,” he explained, alleging his decision “has absolutely nothing to do with patriotism at all.”

The allegation, he said, is “the futhest thing from the truth.”

Affecting 183 high school teams, the decision was ostensibly made to save money.

“Ice is very, very hard to get and it’s not cheap,” the commissioner said, explaining teams pay “$300 an hour sometimes or even higher than that” to rent rink time.

Still, many wonder if cutting a relatively short aspect of the game — one that has long been a part of the sport — is really the best way to skim money from the league budget.

None other than a local network news affiliate said “playing the National Anthem is as much a part of sporting events as hot dogs and yelling at the officials.”

The negative response apparently caused the commissioner to reconsider his recommendation. He promises to revisit the debate at a future meeting.

Seriously suggesting the cut, though, shows how far we’ve moved as a nation.

Joining citizens together by engaging in our collective anthem has been a tradition for generations. In a way, it even created a common ground between the bitterest of rivals.

At least one high school hockey commissioner feels that the patriotic kickoff is the most disposable aspect of the entire experience, not even worth the few dollars it might cost to rent the ice for a couple of minutes.

Immigrants — legal or not — are finding it less important than ever to assimilate; and with the last vestiges of American unity being challenged at every turn, I feel this nation will only continue to become more splintered and divided than ever.


B. Christopher Agee founded The Informed Conservative in 2011. Like his Facebook page for engaging, relevant conservative content daily


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  1. Pathetic!! PLAY THE ANTHEM and ignore the high school hockey commish (he is an idiot)!!

  2. Dave Wollenberg says:

    Hey, commish! If you don't love America, LEAVE it!

  3. The national anthem must be played before any game. The commissioner is dumber than Bud Selig, Roger Goodell and Gary Bettmann put together.

  4. VirgoVince says:

    CHILL, folks, all is well, the National Anthem WILL be played, instrumentally, NOT sung, lasting about a minute and a half!! That's all it should take for the first verse and that's really all that needs to be heard!!
    It's better than nothing, now shut up and remember to stand with your right hand over your heart; if you feel the need to sing, you won't be stopped, but there won't be any time for foolish stylizing or personal renditions, it'll be played as it was written, Thank God!!

    • Edwardkoziol says:

      How did you find this out?I hope your right it's bad enough with political correctness shit is causing.wonder what the muslim national anthem is.It probablystarts out with Oh say can you see the bombs stapped on me.

      • VirgoVince says:

        It started here in PA, where I live and I always keep up with the daily news, local, state and national!!
        The decision I posted was made the very next day after a huge uproar from irate students, parents and fans!!
        NEVER believe the liberal media!! DEMAND truth and facts!!! Stay tuned to the conservative news sites on the internet!!

        • Edwardkoziol says:

          Vince your right if O'Reilly on Fox didn't bring this up then I should have realized it had no legs.I know he would have jumped on this

  5. Edwardkoziol says:

    The commish has to be a liberal democrat and the piss poor excuse he uses that they rent the ice is a joke.He wants to save money take a pay cut traitor.

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