Justin Bieber

PHT Morning Skate: Justin Bieber shows off his skills on the ice


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Canadian singer Justin Bieber shows off his hands on the ice with a pretty nice dangle:

Defenseman Dennis Wideman responded to his recent benching with a solid performance against Tampa Bay this week scoring Calgary’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss. Even coach Bob Hartley was impressed. (The Calgary Herald)

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Sabres’ fans, who are hoping Buffalo selects Connor McDavid at next June’s NHL Draft, got an up close look at the highly touted prospect on Wednesday night. (NHL.com)

NBCSN analyst and TSN hockey insider, Bob McKenzie, offers his thoughts on the tragic day in Ottawa. (TSN)

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard will wear a special mask for Hockey Fights Cancer tonight:

Adrian Dater shares his thoughts on what’s ailing the defending Central Division champion Colorado Avalanche, who are off to a 1-4-2 start. (The Denver Post)

Defenseman T.J. Brennan, who was dealt by the Islanders to Chicago in the Nick Leddy deal, is still trying to regain his confidence following his latest trade. (The Canadian Press)

PHT Morning Skate: Where the Predators have the feel-good story of the year

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Nashville assistant coach Brent Peterson is battling Parkinson’s Disease and by fighting it so publicly he’s raising awareness about it and bringing hope to others that they can overcome the debilitating effects of the disease. He’s also surprising the Preds with a visit at practice. (On The Forecheck, Tennessean)

Dale Hunter’s deal with Washington is one that expires at the end of this season. Hmm… (Washington Times)

OMG! The Leafs signed Justin Bieber after having him visit the team! All right, not really, but it’s fun for the Beebs anyhow. (Pension Plan Puppets)

Eric Duhatschek wonders where have all the Quebec goalies have gone. Without Patrick Roy to kick around, Martin Brodeur and Marc-Andre Fleury just don’t have the same “wow” factor. (The Globe And Mail)

Patrick Kaleta will be back for Buffalo. Brad Boyes… Not so much. (Buffalo News)

P.K. Subban knows he has to be better and will keep annoying opposing forwards til he gets it right. (Montreal Gazette)

Ondrej Pavelec is calling out… His forwards? Goalies sure are getting antsy these days. (Winnipeg Sun)

Bruce Boudreau knows the Ducks are going to get the full brunt of Darryl Sutter’s arrival with the Kings in his first game behind the bench. (OC Register)

The Sharks laid a whoopin’ so hard on Tampa Bay that it might actually force Steve Yzerman and Guy Boucher to do something about their goaltending after the holiday freeze. (CSNBayArea.com)

The Blues seek balance in the Force, also in how they play Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak. (Post-Dispatch)

No idea how we missed this, but Justin Bieber was at Maple Leafs practice


In our ongoing quest to bring you all Justin Bieber-related hockey activities, we should point out that Da Bieb practiced with the Toronto Maple Leafs today.

From the Globe and Mail:

First Michael Bublé, now Justin Bieber.

One day after Bublé took the ice with the Vancouver Canucks, Bieber did the same with the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre.

The 17-year-old Canadian pop phenom skated with Leafs players Dion Phaneuf, Jake Gardiner, Jonas Gustavsson and Tyler Bozak before taping his Christmas special at Massey Hall.

Unlike Bublé, Bieber didn’t wear full equipment. He sported a tuque and Leafs track suit and took shots on Gustavsson.

Here’s Biebs going one-on-one with The Monster:

Looks like Bieb can play a little bit. Probably more than Buble, who said he was “crappy” after skating with the Canucks yesterday.

And just so I can beat you jerks to it in the comments section: SLOW NEWS DAY?

PHT Bieber-Fever related:

No idea how we missed this (again), but Justin Bieber was at the Kings game last night

No idea how we missed this, but Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were at the Jets game on Saturday

No idea how we missed this (again), but Justin Bieber was at the Kings game last night


In our never-ending quest for cheap web traffic to provide the latest in ‘Justin Bieber went to a hockey game’ coverage, The Bieb was at Staples last night to watch the Kings lose to the Devils 3-0.

LA Kings Insider Rich Hammond notes that Bieber was wearing several “Love for Lokomotiv’’ bracelets — the wives and girlfriends of the Los Angeles Kings players are selling them throughout the month of October — while LAist notes he was wearing a Kings cap rather than a Leafs one (Bieber is from Stratford, Ontario and apparently a big Toronto Maple Leafs fan. Hey, if we’re gonna stalk the kid, we might as well find out what he likes.)

Now, there’s another report out there (from acclaimed gossip site Hollywood Life) confirming that Bieber was at the game, but shows a picture of him wearing a Blackhawks hat. I have no idea what to make of this. Is it real? Photoshopped? Did The Bieb pull off a mid-game wardrobe change? I could see all three of those things being true. So confused right now.

No idea how we missed this, but Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were at the Jets game on Saturday


Since we’re totally late to the party on this one, I won’t get into the actual story of how Justin Bieber and girlfriend Selena Gomez were at the MTS Center Saturday night to watch Winnipeg’s 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Nor am I going to discuss how both had personalized jerseys and took to the ice afterward for some stick-n-puck action.

No, instead I’m going to focus on this piece from the Winnipeg Free Press’ breaking news section. It details “Bieber Day in Winnipeg” with the kind of investigative work normally reserved for political scandals and/or royal weddings:

WINNIPEG — Justin Bieber has treated girlfriend Selena Gomez to just about the full Winnipeg.

The Jets, check. Tim Hortons, check. The Forks, check. And while they seem to have missed at least most of the Bombers game, it was so they could have a candlelit dinner on the Nonsuch at the Manitoba Museum.

The teen stars were spotted at the Jets game and tied up their skates to hit the MTS Centre ice surface afterwards, where Texas-born Gomez didn’t look quite as comfortable on skates as her Canuck squeeze.

The romantic dinner on the Nonsuch tonight was catered by The Fairmont. They had the Manitoba Museum to themselves and had fun touring the place, a source said.

The candlelit dinner for two on the life-size, 25-metre replica of a 17th-century sailing ship must have been one of the highlights of their three-day date in Winnipeg.

Gomez was here to perform a concert at the MTS Centre on Friday night.

The Bieb also stopped at the Booster Juice outlet at 584 Pembina Highway at 3:30 p.m.

“My staff asked him what he was doing in town, to which he replied, ‘I’m here for my girlfriend,’ ” said owner Graham Taylor. “They asked if he would pose for a picture, and Bieber said, ‘Yeah, but can I get my smoothie first?’ “

On Friday afternoon, Bieber and Gomez took in a few races at Speedworld Indoor Kart Track after renting the track for an hour. They’ve also been spotted strolling at The Forks and in the lineup at Tim Hortons.

You might think the big winner of all this free publicity was the Jets, but you’d be wrong. It’s actually the Booster Juice outlet at 584 Pembina Highway.

Also, I love that the paper has a ‘source’ at the Manitoba Museum. Bet they’re getting all kinds of hot scoops from that one. “Our source also leaked that Ancient Seas exhibition is quite breathtaking.”

In closing, it’s great that hockey fans still get excited when celebrities attend NHL games. This isn’t as big a deal for other sports — there are like 15 A-listers at every Lakers game — but hockey just seems to gobble it up. Remember when the Jersey Shore girls showed up at a Kings game? There was like a lineup of reporters waiting to do interviews, even though they could’ve found three equally orange girls pretty much anywhere.