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Smiling Chris Pronger squashes Justin Bieber

Pop superstar gets taste of life in the NHL from Hall of Fame defenseman

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Pronger's hit on Justin Bieber

Celebrity Game: Pronger lays a hit on Justin Bieber

Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Pronger takes Justin Bieber into the boards during the 2017 NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout

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Is it too late now to say sorry? Because Chris Pronger definitely didn't miss Justin Bieber's body on this one.

The Hall of Famer gave the pop superstar a taste of life in the big leagues as the 6-foot-6, 220-pound defenseman, now 42 years old, put a nice check on the 22-year-old multi-sport amateur athlete in the 2017 NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout.

Pronger checked Bieber during the celebrity game festivities, as part of 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, squashing the Ontario native against the glass in the corner and refusing to let him out.

At 5-9, 145 pounds, the singer couldn't do much about it. Both had a big laugh after the play.

"You don't want anybody to get hurt out there or to do anything too crazy," Pronger said. "We were trying to have fun and make it entertaining."

The laugh from Pronger, named on of the NHL's 100 Greatest Players presented by Molson Canadian on Friday, during the play says it all as the perfectly timed photo went viral.

One of Pronger's fellow 100 greatest players, Bobby Orr, who popped up behind the bench for Team Lemieux, also had his eye on Bieber, exclaiming "Not today, baby" when the singer was stopped on one of his two penalty shots in the game.

Tweet from @Alyssa_Milano: Bieber just missed a penalty shot. Bobby Orr looks at me and says, "Not today, baby." #TrueStory #NHLAllStar #nhl100

Bieber got the last laugh though, icing the game on an empty-net goal for Team Gretzky.

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