The NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning celebrated Military Appreciation Night on Thursday, and one veteran, in particular, received roaring ovation from the crowd.
Robert McClintock, a retired U.S. Army Air Corps lieutenant who will turn 100 years old on Monday, joined the Lightning’s regular psalm vocalist for a stirring portrayal of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the team’s play at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla ., against the New York Islanders.
Afterward, the Lightning announced video of the performance on the team’s Twitter page.
The Lightning’s regular vocalist, Sonya Bryson-Kirksey, likewise affixed a photo of herself with McClintock, calling the ex-serviceman “My favorite starring of the nighttime !!! ” Bryson-Kirksey herself is a retired member of the U.S. Air Force.
The evening’s festivals also included a pre-game puck discontinue boasting Command Sgt. Maj. McCauley and Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Gary Beikirch, and a salute to Mark Van Trees, a volunteer who has helped ship more than 120 tons of matters to corps performing overseas, in addition to his regional kindnes work.
In addition, 40 Marine Corps recruits made the oath to attack America during the game’s first intermission.
Capping the night for the military members and home followers on hand: The Lightning demolished the Islanders, 4-2.