Wearing lucky number 8, Carly Rae Jepsen opened the 2017 NHL All-Star Tournament by singing “O Canada”. Sporting a new blonde do, the singer was introduced in Los Angeles, USA with the words “And now, to sing the Canadian national anthem, please welcome multiplatinum, Grammy and JUNO nominated singer and songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen.” More accurately, Carly is multiplatinum in Canada but now diamond in the States. She is Grammy nominated but JUNO winning (she has three trophies).
The tournament itself was naturally not as exciting as seeing and hearing Carly perform. But to recap things… Players representing the four NHL divisions played in two semi-final games. Pacific beat Central 10-3 and Metropolitan beat Atlantic 10-6. The winners of those two games—Pacific and Metropolitan—played in the final championship game with Metropolitan winning 4-3. The Metro players will split a $1 million prize.
Fifth Harmony was scheduled to sing the U.S. anthem. Yes, it’s called a national hockey league but is actually continental. With one of the four remaining members having taken ill, however, the Fifth pulled out, lest they were only a Third, and the US anthem was handled by Courtney Daniels. American pop singer Nick Jonas performed a medley at the intermission preceding the championship game. It was so hot they said, the ice began to melt.