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SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 27: Goaltender Scott Clemmensen #30 of the Florida Panthers stands on the ice for the national anthem with high school hockey players prior to the start of the game against the Boston Bruins at the BankAtlantic Center on December 27, 2010 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images) SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 27: Goaltender Scott Clemmensen #30 of the Florida Panthers stands on the ice for the national anthem with high school hockey players prior to the start of the game against the Boston Bruins at the BankAtlantic Center on December 27, 2010 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)  

High school hockey teams told to dump national anthem

Nearly 200 high school hockey teams in Pennsylvania have been advised to eliminate the national anthem because it takes too much time to perform and costs too much money.

“We are recommending the national anthem not be played or sung or whatever it is,” Ed Sam, commissioner of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League told Fox News. “It has absolutely nothing to do with patriotism at all. That’s the furthest thing from the truth.”

Schools were notified of the directive in an email from the PIHL. He said teams are only allotted a certain amount of time to play matches.

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