VANCOUVER, BC – 12. OCTOBER: Singer Mark Donnelly sings the national anthem ahead of NHL action between the Montreal Canadiens and the Vancouver Canucks Jan.. October 2013 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam / Getty Images)
For the Vancouver Canucks, Mark Donnelly has been a favorite singer of the national anthem for several years. It’s been around for a while and is very much appreciated by the loyal fans in the Rogers Arena.
With his ability to not only cheer up the team, but also make fans feel so engaged every time he sang Canada’s national anthem, it wouldn’t be hard to say he was a long-time fan favorite. No longer.
Donnelly and the Canucks’ relationship appears to have ended pretty quickly after it was revealed that Donnelly has plans to attend an anti-mask rally. In addition to planning to attend the protest, the 60-year-old plans to perform the national anthem at the event.
Francesco Aquilini, the owner of the Canucks organization, quickly reached out to Twitter and tried to defuse the situation by tweeting, “Hey Vancouver Sun, change the headline to“ former ”Canucks anthem singer. He ended the tweet with the hashtag « #WearAMask ». .
Many angry fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts and feelings about the situation. Obviously, Donnelly’s decision, regardless of what is considered right and wrong, cost him his job at the Canucks organization.
As the COVID-19 pandemic affects people around the world, there needs to be a way for everyone to come together and be on the same page. The entire National Hockey League suffers from this widespread virus, but it’s much more than that.
People want to take part in games, people want to spend time with their families. It is best for us all to adhere to the COVID-19 restrictions that have been put in place across the province of British Columbia.
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