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Blue Jackets anthem singer forgets microphone, gets assist from crowd

Leo Welsh improvises after mistake, gets huge help from fans

by Daniel O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Crowd sings anthem in Columbus

NYR@CBJ: Nationwide Arena belts out national anthem

The fans at Nationwide Arena in Columbus belt out the 'The Star-Spangled Banner' after anthem singer Leo Welsh gets the singing started

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How do you turn a whoops into a win? With a little help from the fans.

Columbus Blue Jackets national anthem singer Leo Welsh was all set to do the honors before a game against the New York Rangers on Sunday, but there was a problem.

He forgot to bring the microphone out to the ice.

Welsh, realizing his mistake after his introduction, had a few seconds of panic, before doing the only thing he could in that spot: implore the crowd to sing along.

Welsh feigned holding up a mic to his mouth after realizing his mistake.

The crowd at Nationwide Arena did a great job with the anthem and Welsh tweeted his appreciation for the fans afterward.

Tweet from @LeoWelsh: Thank you #5thLine. Really needed you there and you came through. #CBJ

The scene was reminiscent of country music singer Brett Kissel's mic malfunction before Game 3 of the Edmonton Oilers 2017 Western Conference Second Round against the Anaheim Ducks.  

Who needs a microphone anyway?

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