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Rangers bring back John Amirante to sing national anthem

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We haven't heard the last of John Amirante, who returns to MSG Sunday night to sing the national anthem before Game 5 between the Rangers and Lightning.Kathy Willens/AP

We haven’t heard the last of John Amirante, who returns to MSG Sunday night to sing the national anthem before Game 5 between the Rangers and Lightning.

John Amirante will return to sing the national anthem for Sunday night’s Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final at Madison Square Garden.

The 80-year-old hasn’t sung the anthem since April 18, which was Game 2 of the first round against Pittsburgh, which was thought that day to be his final time singing the anthem. Amirante told Cablevision-owned Newsday last month that he was told before the season he’d only sing four games total – regular season and postseason combined. He expressed displeasure to the newspaper regarding the handling of his final season signing the anthem, which he had done at Rangers game for 35 years.

He “wanted to retire with some dignity,” the revered anthem singer told Newsday at the time.

After the negative fan reaction, the Garden said the following day that Amirante would be invited to be a guest anthem singer from time-to-time, and Amirante accepted.

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