Minor league hockey coach’s son with Down Syndrome sings national anthem (video)
The son of the head coach of the AHL’s Worcester Sharks, an affiliate of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, performed a heartwarming rendition of then national anthem before a recent game.
Marley Sommer, the eldest son of Sharks head coach Roy Sommer, has Down Syndrome and autism. He has been a constant presence in the Sharks’ locker room over the years, according to a recent report in The Hockey News.
“He runs around this building; everyone knows Mo,” Roy Sommer said. “You see him walking around and how he interacts with everyone. For a guy who doesn’t say much, he says a lot.”
Marley sang the national anthem before the Sharks took the ice against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Wednesday. The plan was for Marley to sing the anthem from the team’s bench, but once he saw the red carpet on the ice for the ceremonial puck drop, he made his way out on to the ice for his performance.
Eric Lindquist, the Sharks communications staff, said (via Puck Daddy): “There wasn’t a dry eye in the place.” Indeed.