Pa. prep hockey body to restore pregame anthem

PITTSBURGH (AP) - November 14, 2012

A local television station reports that PIHL commissioner Ed Sam got about 4,000 emails - including many from other states - when the plan to ban the anthem was reported by the station.

Sam says the move was never meant to be disrespectful.

He says high school teams often play back-to-back games on rented ice and some anthem performers stretched out the song and created scheduling delays that prompted some games to be curfewed - that is, ended before time ran out. That's why the league decided to do away with the song before all games.

To remedy that, the league is distributing a one-minute-15-second instrumental version of the anthem to be played before all games.

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