Jim Cornelison's National Anthem rendition before Blackhawks games at the United Center has become a staple in Chicago sports history.
Cornelison's chill-inducing renditions incite patriotic pride and intensity in the Blackhawks faithful. It helps create one of the best home-ice advantages in the NHL and the Hawks have taken full advantage in the postseason, with a 7-1 record (Wednesday night was the first loss).
"What strikes me the most when I'm out there is the reaction of the crowd," he said. "Certainly, during the playoffs, the level of intensity comes up significantly."
Cornelison stopped by the AT&T U-Verse Lounge Thursday to promote the Illinois Patriot Education Fund, a passion project of his to help support veterans. The group will host a golf event at Medinah on May 27.
"We owe something to these guys and through Illinois Patriot Education Fund, we're able to give back and take care of people whose benefits have run out," he said.
Cornelison also shares his go-to karaoke song and discusses his sports fandom growing up. Check out his full interview above.