Marley Sommer is the eldest son of AHL Worcester Sharks coach Roy Sommer. Marley also has Down syndrome and is autistic. Neither stopped him from taking to the ice on Wednesday night to perform the Star Spangled Banner in front of the crowd.
Sporting a special Worcester Sharks jersey for Autism Awareness Month, Sommer was supposed to sing the anthem from the bench. He had other ideas. With his dad behind him, Sommer took advantage of the red carpet laid out for the puck drop and walked out to the middle of the ice and let loose with the national anthem.
As you would expect, there wasn’t a dry eye in the building according to Sharks broadcaster Eric Lindquist. Everybody couldn’t help but be touched by a pretty incredible moment.