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Justin Bieber helps Jari Kurri prep for alumni game

Pop superstar practiced with Jokerit on tour stop in Finland

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / NHL.com Staff Writer

Pop superstar Justin Bieber takes his hockey stick and skates wherever he goes on his worldwide tours. This time he hit the ice at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland with Jokerit of the KHL and their general manager, Jari Kurri.

Tweet from @Jokerit_EN: That���s a cool team photo! Couple more pictures of @justinbieber visiting #Jokerit practice here: https://t.co/swmrTNgiTe #JustinBieber pic.twitter.com/pWkoIYe08j

Kurri said the practice was fast with Bieber on the ice and that it served as a good warmup while he prepares for the Edmonton Oilers' alumni game against the Winnipeg Jets alumni for the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field on Oct. 23.

In an interview with Jokerit website reporter Riku Saari, Kurri said Bieber was focused on the ice and was friendly with the other players. He gave Bieber a No. 94 Jokerit jersey for the singer's birth year. 

Tweet from @Jokerit_EN: A huge honor for #Jokerit to have @justinbieber on the ice with GM Jari Kurri and other Jokerit legends today in Helsinki. #JustinBieber pic.twitter.com/ku6FwAiNvS

Here's the translation of Saari's interview with Kurri:

Q: Jari, you were on ice with Justin Bieber. How was it?

Kurri: It was fast. A good practice, and it was fun. A guy from Canada comes over, he's a huge hockey fan and follows hockey. Now he's touring Europe, and he has his own skates and stick with him. He tries to get a chance to skate at least once a week. He likes to play hockey, and it's obvious he's played before. It was a good practice for me, after all, a month from now I'll go to Winnipeg to play the alumni game.

Q: What kind of a person is he?

Kurri: He's a very focused, young guy. He's seen a lot, experienced a lot, very focused. Calmed down. He seemed to enjoy the skate, he was very friendly, he talked with players, greeted them, chatted with them, asked how they are. Very positive.

Q: What about his career choice? Is it better for him to be a musician than a hockey player?

Kurri: Well, he's not too big a guy, so maybe he's better off as musician. But it's nice to see artists like him who like being on ice.

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