The professional trumpet soloist who serenaded motorists stranded on the Trans-Canada during a snow storm earlier this month is set to play Madison Square Garden this weekend.
Jens Lindemann will play both the Canadian and U.S. national anthems ahead of Sunday’s game between the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames.
He played the anthems in New York ahead of a game once before — more than three years ago — making him the first trumpet player ever to do it.
He says it’s tough to describe what it’s like to play in such an iconic venue.
“There’s a profound reality when you get to do something as important as playing the national anthem for any country,” he said.
“And certainly, the solemnity that goes with the moment when 20,000 people within the building, and millions of others that are watching on television, you get to capture their attention for 90 seconds. And that is a responsibility that I take very, very seriously.”
Getting to play MSG a second time is a dream come true for Lindemann.
“I’m a little old Alberta boy who is living the dream this weekend, getting to play at a hockey game, both national anthems,” he said. “I mean, c’mon, we all know to be a Canadian you can’t get to own a passport unless you can prove that you also own a hockey stick. We are living the dream right now.”
The opportunity came about in the summer, while Lindemann was at a fundraiser at the Banff Centre.
Rangers president — and former Edmonton Oilers coach and general manager — Glen Sather was there too, so Lindemann made a pitch, and Sather was receptive.
The Flames face the Rangers at 5 p.m. MT.
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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area. It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary, generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road). Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.
Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016, Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.
Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton. The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.