Lauren Hart will not be able to perform live for game six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, April 25 at the Wachovia Center. She and her husband, Todd Carmichael, are en route to Ethiopia where the couple will be adopting their first child.
Knowing the significance of Hart's impact on the game presentation and the team's and fans' love for her, the Flyers will play a video of Hart performing "God Bless America" in a duet with the late Kate Smith prior to the start of the game on the center hung scoreboard. Members of the local military will present the colors of the American Flag on the ice.
This is the first time in eight seasons in which Hart will be unavailable to perform live. She continues to carry on the tradition of her father, the late Gene Hart, as the "Voice of the Flyers." We wish Lauren and Todd all the best.