Mark Donnelly

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Mark Donnelly
Born (1960-02-29) February 29, 1960 (age 57)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Occupation Opera singer[1][2]
Known for Anthem singer for the Vancouver Canucks (2001–present)
Spouse(s) Catherine

Mark Donnelly (born February 29, 1960) is a Canadian singer famous for singing the national anthem "O Canada" at the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks home games.[3] Donnelly is well known for holding the microphone to the crowd and encouraging the crowd to sing along.[4]

Biography[edit]

Donnelly was born and raised in Vancouver and North Delta, playing hockey from the age of 12.[5] Armed with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia,[6] he began singing national anthems for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League while working for a Scranton, Pennsylvania parish.[5] After he and his family moved back to Vancouver, he started doing the same for the Vancouver Canucks beginning in 2001.[5]

He made a cameo appearance in the TV show Psych, playing an opera singer in the season four premiere episode "Extradition: British Columbia", and then another cameo appearance as a singer in the final episode "Apotheosis" of the science fiction series Caprica.

He, his wife Catherine, and their nine children currently reside in White Rock, British Columbia.[5] His brother, Lawrence, is the priest of St. Josephs Parish in Langley. He is a staunch supporter of the Canadian pro-life movement.[7][2][8][9]

In popular culture[edit]

On October 3, 2014, Donnelly went viral on social media after tripping on carpet that across the ice while seeing "O Canada" at a Penticton Vees game.[10]

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