Clay Aiken And Hockey Are Not Strangers

On Monday, January 24, 2011, it was announced that Clay Aiken would be singing the National Anthem at the NHL All-Star Game.  The game is scheduled for Sunday, January 30th at 4pm ET.  It will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Since this announcement, it seems that some people have forgotten that hockey and Clay are not strangers.  Too bad they don’t remember a wonderful Sunday afternoon in December 2003 when Clay skated with 100 children at the RBC Center.

The event was planned so that children with and without special needs would have the opportunity to mingle together, offering an afternoon where they could learn from each other and make new friends.

Dawn Graham was a volunteer with the Bubel/Aiken Foundation and was at the event to help out. Graham had this to say to summarize the event:

“Clay spoke and skated with each of the children, asking their names, where they went to school, etc. He looked to have as much fun as they did! They were each outfitted with a specially made Bubel/Aiken Foundation jersey, and Clay was sporting a ‘Canes jersey with ‘Aiken 03’ on the back. Some of the children were not physically able to skate, so some of them were pushed across the ice on metal chairs.

The next day, Clay sang the National Anthem at the Carolina Hurricanes vs. Dallas Stars, NHL Hockey Game.  Wearing his red Canes jersey, Clay stood on a mat on the ice.  During the 1st break, Clay surprised the hockey fans by skating around the ice as he sang I Will Carry You…and there wasn’t even a stumble!!

During the second intermission, Clay stood on a scissor lift and sang Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day and The Way. Clay was off the ice because there is an NHL regulation on how much time a non-player can spend on the ice during the game. As Clay sang, the arena turned dark and the words “Clay Aiken” in lights circulated around the top of the arena. Clay ended the program by singing Invisible.

I wish that every person who doesn’t know Clay Aiken could read this blog.  If they knew him, they would be on their feet, cheering on Clay who is one of the most decent persons I know.

Clay was interviewed on WRAL in Raleigh on Friday morning.  It was a short interview, but friendly.  Take a listen.  You can hear it on the following YouTube.

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9 thoughts on “Clay Aiken And Hockey Are Not Strangers

  1. I remember this so well…hard to believe that it was over 7 years now…

    I sure hope Raleigh shows class and appreciates their hometown boy. Clay loves his home state, his hometown and he likes his hockey. I can't wait to see him tomorrow, cause nobody sings the National Anthem better…

  2. Thank you so much! This is truly a beautiful blog and I loved these videos, which I had never seen before. It must have been amazing to see Clay's name in lights circling the stadium. Cant wait for tomorrow!

  3. I love those videos. Clay truly is a wonderful and talented person. Wishing the best for Clay tomorrow, he's going to be amazing!

  4. How fun to see the videos from that night. It must have been an amazing night.

    You are right about wanting all those horrid twitter people to see who Clay really is…they have no idea!!

    Thanks for this special blog!

  5. Wish that the people who are dissing his performance (before he even sings) could visit your site.
    I think it might just change some minds.
    But, the best way to change minds is for Clay to just keep being himself. Hope he feels the fan support tomorrow.

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