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Leading up to Wednesday's Game 1, Puck Daddy is previewing every facet of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning— on the ice and off the ice.

Cheering "The Star-Spangled Banner" at United Center has been a long-standing tradition for Blackhawks fans. From Wayne Messmer belting it out in the 1980s and '90s to Jim Cornelison today, the anthem has been a special moment inside that building for a long, long time. It's a pretty cool moment when Cornelison sings “and the flag was still there” and gestures toward the stars and stripes hanging from the rafters. He can also shatter beer mugs with his pipes. (OK, that may have been rigged.)

Located not far from MacDill Air Force base, the Lightning have used U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sonya Bryson as their singer at Amalie Arena since 2013. Bryson is in uniform each time she performs and the scene is perfect as she’s surrounded by the color guard and, at times, veterans. It’s as patriotic an anthem as you can get.



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