He doesn’t like play­ing sec­ond fid­dle

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

NASHVILLE — The long­time an­them singer at Nashville Preda­tors hockey games has sour grapes over be­ing re­placed in the Stan­ley Cup play­offs by su­per­star singers such as Car­rie Un­der­wood, Luke Bryan, Lady An­te­bel­lum and Lit­tle Big Town.

Den­nis K. Mor­gan, who has sung at about 185 Preda­tor games over the past 17 years, told The Ten­nessean he has been hurt and dis­ap­pointed by be­ing up­staged by A-list coun­try acts, in­clud­ing Un­der­wood, who is mar­ried to team cap­tain Mike Fisher.

“They came to me and said the cap­tain’s wife asked to sing the an­them that night,” Mor­gan said. “It was pre­sented to me as a one night only kind of thing and I agreed to it. Then they con­tin­ued to bring in these other singers and touted them as ‘A-lis­ters,’ which kind of hurt me.”

Mor­gan said he had planned to bring it up with the team af­ter the play­offs, but he was get­ting a lot of ques­tions from peo­ple who knew him.

“The most im­por­tant part of a Stan­ley Cup run is not what hap­pens in pregame cer­e­monies, but rather what hap­pens on the ice,” he said. “I will ad­dress any dis­ap­point­ment I have with the Preda­tors’ de­ci­sion hope­fully af­ter a Stan­ley Cup pa­rade.”

The team said in a state­ment that the ar­range­ment with Mor­gan al­lowed for “na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned mu­si­cal artists to per­form when avail­able.”

“The re­ac­tion from our fans in Bridge­stone Arena as well as from around the coun­try to see­ing and hear­ing world-class per­form­ers … dur­ing the 2017 Stan­ley Cup Play­offs has been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive,” the team said.

MARK HUMPHREY, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Car­rie Un­der­wood per­forms the na­tional an­them be­fore Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey play­off se­ries be­tween the Preda­tors and theChicago Black­hawks.

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