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‘No dry eyes’ as coach’s son with Down syndrome sings anthem

- April 10th, 2014

Roy Sommer is the coach of the AHL’s Worcester Sharks.

He holds a record for the most regular-season games coached.

Roy also has a son named Marley, who has Down-syndrome and Autism, and what Marley was able to do on Wednesday night was more precious than any record a coach can hold.

“Mo,” as he goes by, has been a huge part of the Sharks locker room environment for years now.

“He runs around this building; he’s known by everyone around here,” Roy Sommer told The Hockey News in March. “You can see him walking around and interacting with people. For a guy who doesn’t say much, he says a lot.”

Marley was given an opportunity on Wednesday night to sing the national anthem before the Sharks’ game against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

A true honour in most capacities, Marley took the chance in stride. He saw the red carpet on the ice used for the ceremonial puck drop and strutted out on it, and then he began to sing the anthem.

..Now that should be a record for the most touching national anthem ever.

“There wasn’t a dry eye in the place,” Eric Lindquist of the Sharks communication staff said.

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