Mark Donnelly, Canucks anthem singer, takes spill during O Canada

Many hockey fans know Mark Donnelly for his inspired renditions of O Canada at Vancouver Canucks home games. But the singer provided fans another unforgettable moment when he tripped over a red carpet while on skates as he sung the national anthem at the Penticton Vees' home opener Friday.

On-ice carpet trips up Donnelly while singing the national anthem on skates during BCHL game

Singer Mark Donnelly tripped over a rug while skating and singing the national anthem ahead of the home opener for the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League on Friday night. (VeesTV/Youtube)

We've seen anthem singers take spills before, but Mark Donnelly tripping over a red carpet while on skates may take the cake.

Many hockey fans know Donnelly for his inspired renditions of O Canada at home games for the Vancouver Canucks.

Well, on Friday night, Donnelly provided us with a moment that may overshadow his singing.

Donnelly was invited by the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League to sing the national anthem ahead of their home opener October 3.

Perhaps bored with standing and singing, 'Mr. O Canada' took the opportunity to increase the difficulty level by lacing up the skates.

That turned out to be a poor decision.

As Donnelly approached centre ice, barely two lines into the anthem, he failed to notice the red carpet laid on the ice for the opening ceremonies, and nearly face planted on the ice.

But like a true professional, Donnelly barely missed a beat and continued singing, nearly falling again while trying to regroup.

You can hear the fan recording the video chuckle at the mishap.

It's not the first time Donnelly has attempted the sing and skate. In February 2013, Donnelly completed the anthem on skates without incident.


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