Skip to main content
Short Shifts

Kings Ice Crew member gets last-minute anthem call

Courtney Daniels subs in for Fifth Harmony with little time to prepare @NHLdotcom

Courtney Daniels belts out anthem

Courtney Daniels sings All-Star national anthem

Courtney Daniels, of the LA Kings Ice Crew, belts out the national anthem ahead of the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Staples Center

  • 02:06 •

You've heard of the emergency backup goalie. Courtney Daniels was the emergency backup singer.

The Los Angeles Kings ice crew member made the save of the day.

Pop group Fifth Harmony was supposed to sing the Star-Spangled Banner before the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, but a group member fell ill so they canceled.

With roughly 10 minutes notice, Daniels was told she would go on.

No rehearsal. No warmup.

No problem.

In front of a packed house at the Staples Center, Daniels absolutely crushed.

"I felt so honored and was so excited and I really wanted to help any way that I could," Daniels told the Los Angeles Kings website. "I kinda looked around at everyone. I wanted to take in every moment. I was happy the fans cheered with support."

Daniels also got to present the $1 million check to the Metropolitan Division team and the MVP award to Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds.

"It was such an incredible weekend to just be in the arena this weekend let alone be a part of it in such an amazing way. So, so honored. And to give away the MVP away was just unforgettable," Daniels said.

After her performance, she's in line for her own MVP award.

View More

The NHL uses cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies. By using NHL websites or other online services, you consent to the practices described in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, including our Cookie Policy.