October 06, 2014 - 8:52 AM
PENTICTON - Known as "Mr. Oh Canada", opera singer and ever-the-pro Mark Donnelly didn't miss a beat when he tripped over the ceremonial red carpet while skating and singing the national anthem to open Friday's Vees game in Penticton.
Donnelly is well known to hockey fans for singing renditions of the national anthem for Vancouver Canucks home games. Often taking the show on the road, Donnelly was invited to sing at the Penticton Vees game Oct. 3. He doesn't normally choose to skate while singing and his decision and ultimately the trip and spill onto the ice has resulted in a very interesting piece of video footage that has gone viral on Youtube with about 900,600 views and counting, as of 11:54 a.m. Oct. 6.
And while he may have spent a moment following the song brushing snow off his tuxedo pants, he likely did so with dignity because he didn't miss a beat, even as he almost face-planted onto the hard, slippery surface, skid a few feet into a second carpet and spent a moment trying not to lose his balance as he rose once again to his feet.
Once Donnelly was steady on his skates, fans could be heard clapping their support as they took over the song for a few bars.
— This story was updated Oct. 6, 2014 at 11:54 a.m. to include Youtube viewing statistics.
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