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Glenn returns to sing anthem one more time for All-Star Game

Crowd made him emotional while he performed after retiring as Blues mainstay

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / Staff Writer

Glenn performs national anthem

Glenn returns to sing national anthem in St. Louis

St. Louis legend Charles Glenn returns to sing the national anthem prior to the 2020 NHL All-Star Game as Tenille Townes perfroms 'O Canada'

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St. Louis -- Charles Glenn came home Saturday night.

Glenn, who retired last season as the St. Louis Blues national anthem singer after 19 years, returned to the Enterprise Center and brought down the house with a stirring rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game.

"It's good to be home," a teary-eyed Glenn said after his performance. "It's good to be home."

Glenn said it was a challenge singing before the sellout crowd, and he got emotional after the performance.

"I was going to sing the song, then they started screaming and hollering and stuff," he said. "It was difficult out there a little bit. I was full, I was full. I could feel the love from the audience, I could feel the love in the stands. I thought the crowd would be good, but not that good. That was phenomenal."

Glenn said he was hoping that he would be invited to sing at the All-Star Game as the event approached, but he wasn't expecting to get a call. Then Blues officials called him seven days before the event and asked him if he was available.

"It was 'yes, yes," Glenn said. "You don't have to finish the sentence. 'Yes, I'll do it."

Glenn retired after singing the anthem before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, ending a 19-year run with the Blues. He suffers from multiple sclerosis and said it was becoming more difficult to perform and get around.

He said he misses being the Blues anthem singer sometimes, but he doesn't regret his decision to stop.

"I did the right thing, quitting when I did," he said. "But it's good to come back and do it one more time."

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