Pa. prep hockey body to restore pregame anthem
by Associated Press Wire
November 14, 2012 01:15 PM | 588 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League will again allow the national anthem to be played before all high school hockey games in central and western Pennsylvania.

KDKA-TV reports PIHL commissioner Ed Sam got about 4,000 emails — including many from other states — when the plan to ban the anthem was reported by the station.

Sam says the move was never meant to be disrespectful.

He says high school teams often play back-to-back games on rented ice and some anthem performers stretched out the song and created scheduling delays that prompted some games to be curfewed — that is, ended before time ran out. That’s why the league decided to do away with the song before all games.

To remedy that, the league is distributing a one-minute-15-second instrumental version of the anthem to be played before all games.

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