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Hertl Surprises Fans With Justin Bieber Mask During Skills Competition

by Missy Zielinski /

The NHL All-Star festivities always include player hijinks throughout the weekend, and it was no different this time around in St. Louis. 

So, who better to have some fun than the San Jose Sharks own Tomas Hertl?


Despite Hertl being a first-time All-Star, he showed fans across the NHL exactly why he is so loved here in San Jose. Bringing back memories of the always-entertaining breakaway challenge, the 26-year-old turned to costume against his Western Conference division foes in the Blues.

Prior to facing their netminder Jordan Binnington in the Save Streak event during the Skills Competition, he surprised the crowd by unveiling a Justin Bieber mask he was hiding under his hockey sweater.

Video: Hertl wears Bieber mask in Save Streak competition

Hertl then made his way down the ice to attempt a shot on the Blues netminder. While 'Bieber' may have missed the shot he did mention the mask did offer some unique challenges.

"I barely see the puck," Hertl said. "The eyes were so small, I twice almost lost the puck, but I made it, so that's all that's important." 

Hertl imitating Bieber goes back to a friendly Twitter exchange between Binnington and the pop star at the turn of the year. Binnington issued a challenge to Bieber where he'd give him 10 breakaways and if he scored, he'd dye his hair platinum blonde.

Bieber accepted the challenge and upped the ante, proposing the loser donate $10,000 to charity, but the challenge has yet to occur.

"Before everything started, the NHL asked, 'hey Justin was supposed to come, but he can't, so do you want to do something?'" Hertl said.

"I said, 'for sure, let's do something!' I was for sure in it, I like to make fun."

Tweet from @TomasHertl48: Hey @justinbieber, what you think??? :-))))

While we didn't actually get to see Bieber, Hertl's joke did leave the crowd highly entertained and made it one of the most talked-about moments of the night and All-Star Weekend

"I think it was pretty funny - everybody enjoyed it. It was all over the Twitter. So hopefully they actually make it happen in real life."

All we have to say is - never change Tomas, never change. 

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