MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Referees take a lot of heat, but one in Minnesota came to the rescue before the game even started.
On Tuesday night before the Orono vs. Mound-Westonka game, referee Chris Jessen said that players and refs were standing on the ice for the national anthem, but another song started playing through the speakers.
As the audio team attempted to correct the situation, Jessen says instead of awkwardly waiting he asked if he could have the mic. He then sang the national anthem himself.
When Jessen finished singing, he got a stick tap from players and a round of applause from the crowd.
“It was fun when the little old lady at the front of the glass goes ‘yeah, nice job!” Jessen said. “The best part about it was the kids coming to bump you (with a fist) and all of a sudden there’s a little less animosity between me and the guys.”
WCCO’s Marielle Mohs will have more, including Jessen’s musical background, at WCCO 4 News at 5.