|Known more for his silky sound than his skating skills, Michael Bublé practiced for a bit with the Canucks before the Red Wings took to the ice at Rogers Arena Tuesday. (Photo by Getty Images) |
– For the seventh week in a row, his "Christmas" album, which debuted in October, has sat atop the Billboard 200, as the top selling album across all music genres.
But Tuesday morning, big band crooner and British Columbia native Michael Bublé put down his microphone and laced up a pair of skates for the Canucks’ practice Tuesday morning at Rogers Arena.
A lifelong Canucks’ fan, Bublé called the on-ice experience – although quite brief – “the greatest day of my life.”
Bublé is a huge hockey fan, who, along with Red Wings' legend Gordie Howe, is part owner of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants.
The Canucks certainly seemed to get a kick out of having Bublé in the dressing room and cruising around the rink for a short time, and he ever took a shoot-out attempt on veteran goalie Roberto Luongo.
Prior to making his way to the Vancouver dressing room, Bublé, a right-handed shot, signed a "one-day contract" with the Canucks and their general manager Mike Gillis, which probably amounted to an insurance waiver just in case the signing icon would have been injuried.
“He's a big Canucks’ fan and a great ambassador for Canada and for Vancouver,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. “When he came in this morning, we gave him the opportunity to go show his skill set and he did. It was good. And I think the boys enjoyed having him in the room, it was a different moment from a busy schedule.”
Ask if the Canucks’ coaching staff had any intentions of using the Grammy Award-winning singer in Wednesday’s lineup against the Red Wings, Vigneault joked, “I’d probably have to see him in a few more practices, a couple of compete drills, stuff like that.”Follow Bill Roose on Twitter | @RooseBill