This weekend’s All-Star Celebrity Shootout saw saw Justin Bieber taking a bit of a shot from a professional hockey player during the game. Chris Pronger decided to get up close and personal with the pop superstar during his stint on the ice.
To Bieber’s credit, he looked like he was having a blast on the rink. When the 6’6” defenceman checked the platinum recording-artist into the boards, it looked like the check was all in good fun. A close-up of the scuffle seems to show that Pronger just decided to pick on Bieber a little bit for a laugh.
The 22-year-old said as much after the game when he called it one of the “highlights” of his life, which makes sense when you think about how much it must mean for a Canadian kid to ever take NHL ice. He ended up missing two penalty shots, but made up for it with a goal as time expired. Bieber later posed for a photo-op with Wayne Gretzky in the locker room:
Hats off to the pop star for taking all of it in stride and finding a way to enjoy the moment. People love to bad mouth the guy and that likely won’t change, but moments like this show he's a good sport.