Three-year-old Canyon Laker Tegan Perry belted out the National Anthem at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in front of more than 8,000 hockey fans at a Kings game on Sept. 16.
“It was a big hit and the crowd went crazy,” said Tegan’s mother, Tawny Perry. “Right after Tegan sang, his favorite player, Jeff Karter of the LA Kings, skated up and gave him a fist bump. It was the highlight of Tegan’s day.”
This was the toddlers second time performing the National Anthem at a large sporting event. After singing the National anthem before a Storm Game in June, Tegan asked his mother if he could sing at a hockey game. Tawny contacted the Ontario Reign hockey team.
Shortly after Tawny submitted a video of Tegan singing the National Anthem at the Storm game, Tegan received an invitation to sing during a game between Ontario Reign and Los Angeles Kings.
Several of the family’s friends attended the game to show their support for Tegan. “I was overwhelmed with joy from all the love and support from friends, family and even strangers that were at the game watching Tegan sing,” said Tawny. “He was quite the celebrity walking around the stadium. We are very proud of Tegan for being so brave and wanting to do this all on his own.”
Tegan’s next performance will be in front of his fellow Canyon Lakers at the city’s 10th annual Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 10.
Tegan taught himself how to sing the National Anthem by watching YouTube videos of other children singing it. He now has his own YouTube channel featuring his own performances. His videos can be viewed on YouTube at Tegan Perry.