Teen pop sensation, Justin Bieber, received an amateur tryout contract to play with the Bakersfield Condors, a minor league hockey team in California. (Jason Merritt, Getty Images)
If Justin Bieber's entertainment career ever falls through, he could have a future in hockey. The teen heartthrob received an amateur tryout offer from the Bakersfield Condors, a minor league ECHL team.
Matt O'Dette, the Condors' head coach and director of hockey operations said in the press release:
“Very rarely do you see this combination of skill and toughness,” said O’Dette. “We share a common Canadian heritage since we both hail from Ontario. I’ve scouted some video of him online skating with my hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and I think he could provide some elusive speed up front for us. Plus, he’s a right-handed shot which we’ve been looking to add. I think if we paired him on a line with (Robby) Dee and (Peter) Boyd we’d be tough to beat.”
The press release also said Bieber has "soft hands, a good skating stride, and a devastating wrist shot capable of beating NHL caliber goaltenders." He has skated with the Toronto Maple Leafs but never appeared in a professional game.