Superstar national anthem singers have been all the rage during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs in Nashville, but 25 years ago, the Pittsburgh Penguins got in the game a little early.
Before the Game 2 of 1992 Stanley Cup Final between the Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks, an 11-year-old Christina Aguilera wowed the crowd at Civic Arena.
She, of course, went on to become a mega pop star with more than 50 million records sold worldwide. Her first hit, "Genie in a Bottle" came seven years after she showed off her pipes at the Igloo. Back then she was just an up-and-coming singer from nearby Wexford, Pennsylvania who had performed the "Star-Spangled Banner" at Penguins, Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates games and had appeared on amateur talent TV show "Star Search."
The Penguins swept the Blackhawks to win the Stanley Cup for the second season in a row, and they can all say they knew Aguilera before she made it big.