The next time Memorial Cup organizers are looking for an anthem singer, they might want to find one who can remember all the lyrics.

Saskatoon singer Alexis Normand appeared to have a bad case of nerves when it came time to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to Saturday evening's Portland Winterhawks-Halifax Mooseheads showdown.

Three lines into the song she forgot the lyrics. Normand fumbled her way through the rest of the U.S. anthem with long pauses and mumbled words.

The YouTube video shows the crowd at Saskatoon's Credit Union Centre amused at first, with some players and fans bowing their heads and giggling. However, the 8,000 person crowd eventually came to her rescue, cheering her on and helping her with the words.

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  • Alex Kunawicz

    Star mangled banner

  • Louis Robitaille

    Hahahahaha National Anthem Classic tonight in Saskatoon . #chl #mooseheads

  • Christopher Webb

    Oh man poor girl just butchered the American anthem to start game 1 of the #Mooseheads memorial cup run.... #letsgetitboys

  • Joel Scott

    Please let's remember how awesome the #Mooseheads are and not how terrible the American anthem was. Good luck to the boys.

  • KellyAnne Snailham

    Just flipped on #Mooseheads #MemorialCup - shaking head re: US Anthem... Hopefully for the next game they will have a cheat sheet on hand...

  • McMatty

    I think @MSmithBubbles would have did a better job singing the anthems. #MemorialCup #Anthem #Mooseheads #GoMooseGo

  • emily powers

    I hope the mooseheads play at a better level than the girl just sang the anthem or we could be in trouble #figureitout

  • Michael Jang

    Wow, I just heard the anthem singer at the Memorial Cup game today. Embarrassing. Sorry, USA. #mooseheads #winterhawks

  • 1015 The Hawk

    Anyone else catch the "lovely" rendition of the American anthem last night during the Mooseheads game? Here is...

  • Jean-Marc Samson

    @jasonsieber the Alexis Normand girl that came, she sang and messed up the American anthem last night for the mooseheads game!

  • blair sanderson

    Hard to watch. Singer at Halifax vs Portland game in Saskatoon forgets anthem lyrics. #mooseheads #gomoosego

  • Robert Hawley

    WTF happened w/ that National Anthem during the Mooseheads game

  • Greg

    so how about that US anthem at the #mooseheads game tonight

  • Shauna M

    #mooseheads Embarrassed for the girl who just forgot the lyrics to the national anthem on national tv

  • Mandy MacLaren

    Was that anthem at the mooseheads game a joke, or is it actually possible to fuck up the lyrics that bad?

  • Negro on Sports

    Holy shit the anthem singer for the #Mooseheads #Winterhawks game was brutal. Nicer noises have come from my ass. #MCMemorialCup @powpow416

  • Birds 'n' stuff

    At least she got the tune right. Saskatoon crowd helps Memorial Cup anthem singer finish Star Spangled Banner. #mooseheads #lhjmq

  • gordon vanRENDEll

    Go #mooseheads !!!! #mmc Nice anthem singer. Jesus.

A mortified Normand took to Twitter following the performance to apologize.

"I'm embarrassed and deeply sorry. I wish I'd had more time to learn the American anthem. Thanks so much for the crowd's help! #memorialcup," she tweeted.

Normand, a French-Canadian jazz singer from Saskatchewan, is probably not called on very often to sing the U.S. anthem. The Saskatoon Blades only face the U.S. division teams in the WHL every other season. To be fair, she is very talented when performing her own music on her own terms, as seen in her video below.

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