Justin Bieber swapped his superstar swag for skates on Saturday, and it worked out better than most would have imagined.
The 22-year-old pop singer and Ontario native put on an impressive performance during the NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout as part of the NHL All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, but first received a warm welcome that included a taste of the Staples Center glass.
Bieber showed off some of his offensive skills before he was pinned against the glass by Coyotes defenseman Chris Pronger to create one of the greatest hockey photos of all time.
Rod Brind’Amour (No. 9) played two seasons for the Blues before being traded to the Flyers in a bad deal. He finished with 452 goals and 1,184 points in a near-Hall of Fame career. The Blues also picked defenseman Bret Hedican (No. 198) and tough guy Tony Twist (No. 177) in the Class of ’88.
Drafting two of the three best players in team history is a pretty nice haul. Vinny Lecavalier (No. 1) and Brad Richards (No. 64) both scored more than 900 points and were critical to the franchise’s 2004 Stanley Cup win.
The Maple Leafs have struggled to collect quality at times and almost always quantity in the draft. The two best options here are 1973, which included Lanny McDonald and Ian Turnbull, and 1970.
Darryl Sittler (No. 8) played for the Leafs for far longer than McDonald did, and finished with more than 1,100 points. Errol Thompson (No. 22), Gerry O’Flaherty (No. 36) and goalie Ron Low (No. 103) were also part of this class.