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Canucks anthem singer performs ‘O Canada’ during 7 p.m. salute to health-care workers

Canucks anthem singer regales neighbourhood with ‘O Canada’ during COVID-19 health worker cheer
A New Westminster, B.C., neighbourhood taking part in the daily 7 p.m. cheer for frontline health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic got some extra star power from Mark Donnelly, the Vancouver Canucks' regular singer of the national anthem.

Vancouver Canucks anthem singer Mark Donnelly lent his distinctive voice to Metro Vancouver’s nightly 7 p.m. tribute to front-line health-care workers over the weekend.

Dressed in a tuxedo he wears when performing the anthem at Rogers Arena during the NHL season, Donnelly put on a special performance of “O Canada” in New Westminster on Saturday as people in neighbouring condos banged pots and pans in supports of B.C.’s health-care workers.

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The Canucks were scheduled to take on the Vegas Golden Knights at 7 p.m. Saturday, but that game, not to mention the rest of the NHL season, has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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“We don’t have an actual hockey game, but we still have it in here, right?” Donnelly told condo residents as he pointed to his heart.

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“So let’s show what Canadians are like to… the rest of the world and especially show them what Canucks fans are like.”

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Donnelly, whose late sister was a nurse, says singing the anthem is the least he could o to support B.C.’s health-care heroes.

“Some people have lost their lives, other people have lost their livelihoods,” he added.

“We keep them all in our prayers and we hope everything gets better real soon.”