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Longtime Edmonton Oilers anthem singer Paul Lorieau dies at age 71

Wednesday, 07.03.2013 / 1:05 AM / News

The Canadian Press

EDMONTON - Paul Lorieau, the longtime national anthem singer for the Edmonton Oilers, died on Tuesday at the age of 71.

The Oilers said in a statement that Lorieau succumbed to cancer.

"Paul will be respected and remembered for being a key player in the history of the Edmonton Oilers," said team president Patrick LaForge. "His passion and excitement became a staple at every Oilers home game for more than 30 years."

One of Lorieau's most memorable moments came in Game 3 of the 2006 Western Conference final. He began singing "O Canada", but after a few short lines pointed his microphone in the air and let the Edmonton fans in attendance finish the rest of the anthem.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round