On Thurs., Dec. 22 the media quizzed Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson about playing some shinny with Justin Bieber the day before and the Swedish goalie gave Bieber the hockey player the thumbs up.
Anyone who saw the clip of the pop singer on the ice will agree Bieber had some moves and is a pretty darn good hockey player. He might need a little height...okay, and a little weight.
“He was decent, you can tell he was a good skater and had some puck-handling skills," Gustavsson told scribes. “He scored a few, but I don’t know if it was me being tired (the Leafs already practiced at another rink that day) or that he had some nice moves. I didn’t give him any free ones."
Justin 'Hockey Boy' Bieber: Grew up Leafs Fan
The 17-year-old Canadian pop singer grew up playing organized hockey in nearby Stratford, Ont.. He was and remains a Maple Leafs fan and tweeted about what a thrill it was to be on the ice with his heroes. Besides Gustavsson he skated with Tyler Bozak, Jake Gardiner and Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf.
"just got off the ice with a special kid named jake and @chazsom3rs and my boy @Bozie42 and the #LEAFS - SWAG," he tweeted. He also tweeted that Bozak was "filthy." We take that to mean really good.
Gustavsson, at 27 a full decade older than Bieber, admitted that he's not a huge fan of Bieber, though he told media he's heard his music and likes it. He said, however, that his girlfriend is a fan of Bieber and that she was in the small crowd of onlookers permitted to watch the session and was excited about being there.
Justin Bieber and The Make a Wish Foundation
One of the big reasons for the session was so Bieber could bring along some of his friends from the 'Make a Wish Foundation', children with grave illnesses. One, as Bieber noted in his tweet, was able to get on the ice with the singer and Maple Leafs. Bieber had just donated $500,000 to the Make a Wish cause.
“I didn’t know what to expect," Gustavsson said. "In the end it was all about the kids and it was fun to meet a guy like that, to see him on the ice.”