On Saturday, the National Hockey League’s All-Star Weekend happened.
One of the biggest stars? Justin Bieber.
‘This is a Dream’
The Associated Press reports, “Bieber was one of four celebrity captains, along with fellow Canadians Michael Bublé, Will Arnett and Tate McRae. He took part in warmups and was mic-ed up for the occasion.”
“It’s been a minute — it’s so fun, though,” Bieber said while skating. “This is a dream.”
The story continued:
Bieber took a photo with reigning MVP and skills competition champion Connor McDavid, chatted with Elias Pettersson and got asked by Sergei Bobrovsky if he was actually playing. That would be a bit too far.
“No, just for warmups,” Bieber said. “Otherwise, I’ll get hurt.”
All-Star 3-on-3 MVP Auston Matthews was a fan of having Bieber out there.
“Everybody enjoyed it — he obviously really enjoyed it,” Matthews said. “It was a cool moment for him to get on the ice and snap it around with a couple of the fellas. I think everybody really got a kick out of that, honestly.”
Justin Bieber Once Received a Team Offer
Beieber’s pro hockey affections and links are not new.
In 2012, the American Hockey League’s The Bakersfield Condors offered the singer a spot on their team.
The Condors website said:
“Very rarely do you see this combination of skill and toughness,” said [head coach/Director of Hockey Operations, Matt] O’Dette. “We share a common Canadian heritage since we both hail from Ontario. I’ve scouted some video of him online skating with my hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and I think he could provide some elusive speed up front for us. Plus, he’s a right-handed shot which we’ve been looking to add. I think if we paired him on a line with [Robby] Dee and [Peter] Boyd we’d be tough to beat.”
It was obviously a publicity stunt, though the offer was real.
But we expect Justin Bieber to stick with his music first and remain a huge NHL fan.