Habs miffed at English-only anthem

JENNA MCMURRAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:51 AM ET

CALGARY -- The Montreal Canadiens say they're glad the NHL acknowledged the fact Canada's national anthem was sung in just one language at the Heritage Classic game.

Donald Beauchamp, vice-president of communications for the Quebec team, said "it certainly didn't go unnoticed" that the anthem was sung solely in English at Sunday's showdown between the Habs and the Flames at McMahon Stadium.

"It would have been nice to have a few French lyrics," he said. "We pointed it out to the league because we thought it should be acknowledged."

The NHL has since acknowledged the fact and the issue has now been put to rest, said Beauchamp.

At Saturday's alumni game, the anthem lyrics were split between English and French, so the Canadiens were expecting Sunday's song to follow suit, he said.

But Calgary country star Paul Brandt belted out the anthem in English only at the start of Sunday's game.

On location filming a television show this week, Brandt was unavailable for comment, but wrote: "Proud to be Canadian, to live in a bilingual country where we're free to speak or sing whatever language we choose. Paul Renne Brandt" on his Twitter account following the game.


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