With each person that has stepped out onto the ice to sing the National Anthem at Predators Stanley Cup Playoff games, the excitement inside of Bridgestone Arena has escalated.
"What an opportunity for Nashville to shine," country music legend and Predators fan Vince Gill said. "The guy that sang in Pittsburgh was great. I thought he sang great, but it's going to be hard to top Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood and Trisha."
Gill himself took to the ice with his two daughters to sing the anthem during the playoffs.
"That was fun for me, you know, getting to do that with my girls because they got to shine, and I just kind of felt like an old dad up there being proud," Gill explained.
Prior to the Stanley Cup Final, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Lady Antebellum, Kelly Clarkson, and Gill and his daughters all sang the Anthem, and Gill said Nashville has been able to pull this off because the talented musicians who live in the community truly care about the community, and they're happy to support the Predators in their quest for the cup.
"Hopefully we'll get three chances to sing National Anthems here in our building, that's what we're rooting for," Gill said, hoping the Predators win some games so a game 6 in Nashville will take place, adding that he has no doubt the Predators can find even more celebrities to sing the anthem for the Stanley Cup Final. "The town's full of folks that could pull that off. I wouldn't worry one bit about good folks to show up to sing."
Game 3 was the first home game of the Stanley Cup Final. The singer of the National Anthem was kept quiet until Martina McBride stepped out onto the ice before the game!