Justin Bieber is the latest famous hockey fan to be added to the 2017 NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout competition, TheWrap has learned.
The “Sorry” singer will join fellow Canadian Taylor Kitsch, Alan Thicke’s son Carter, Tim Robbins, David Boreanaz and Ross Lynch at
Bieber showed his hockey fandom in the U.K last October when he took to the ice during a practice session with the Manchester Storm. The 22-year-old singer had asked if he could skate with the team at Silver Blades ice rink in Altrincham, Cheshire, and then went for a pint with the team afterwards, the BBC reported.
The Biebs, a Toronto Maple Leafs, scored a goal during his time with the team, so his celebrity rivals better watch out.
“This game should be an absolute thrill for the participants and for the fans,” Los Angeles Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille said in a statement earlier in the week. “Seeing so many of the League’s greatest players on the ice once again will be something to remember and may not happen again anytime soon!”
The 2017 NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout will benefit Echoes of Hope, a nonprofit organization founded by Luc and Stacia Robitaille, which strives to inspire hope in the lives of at-risk and emancipated foster youth. The organization assists youth in their pursuit of independence, empowerment and a post-secondary education. In 2016, Echoes of Hope assisted over 500 youth throughout the country.
NHL Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux act as coaches, and Robin Thicke is an assistant coach.