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.
One of the qualities people often forget about Crosby is how physically strong he is. Combined with some of the best edge-work in the NHL, Crosby has the ability to pivot on the puck when being hounded by a defender, making it nearly impossible to root him out of possession.
Perhaps no highlight is more emblematic of those physical tools than this assist to Letang in a 2010 playoff game against the Senators. Crosby holds onto the puck for an extended stretch despite Jason Spezza (who is four inches taller than Crosby) doing anything he can to knock him down.
In the same vein as the play above, for all the skill Crosby possesses (and there’s no shortage in that regard), so much of his success is bred through out-working defenders in the offensive zone.
Crosby picked up his 1,000th career point on a play that was very Crosby-esque, hustling to a loose puck, out-working Jets forward Blake Wheeler and gaining possession, and then finding an open teammate (Chris Kunitz) for the assist.