Hungarian hockey player sings anthem in Kamloops

By Adam Donnelly
January 4, 2016 - 5:05pm

KAMLOOPS — It was a scene which felt pulled from a Hollywood script. Last wednesday, at the Opening Ceremonies for the 2016 edition of the KIBIHT, the public address system stopped working. After the crowd at MacArthur Island Sports Centre sang 'The Star Spangled Banner', it was time for the Hungarian national anthem. Cue one brave, 15 year-old hockey player. Lazlo Horvath stepped for his team, and his country.

Shawn Pooley had a camera along with him at the event. When the P.A. system went down, he was ready to roll.

Shawn edited the video and posted it to YouTube. Bob Dever, who coached pro hockey in Hungary for several years, shared the video with the Hungarian hockey community. From there, the video went viral, getting over a half a million views since it was posted.

It’s not the first time this young man has stepped up to sing the Hungarian anthem. He and his brother did it one other time, after his club team won a tournament back home. It didn’t take any urging from his teammates, either.

"I wanted to sing that. Nobody had (to urge) me."

The Hungarian U16 team won the tournament, defeating the Vancouver A1 T-Birds 5-1 in the Championship game.

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