Justin Bieber invited Maple Leafs stars to play shinny in Stratford on Boxing Day

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Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and Tyson Barrie had a few days off over Christmas, so they did what a lot of hockey-crazed Canadians do with some time on their hands: Play shinny with some buddies.

Only one of the buddies this time was Justin Bieber.

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The Canadian singing superstar is also a Leafs superfan and apparently a fairly good hockey player.

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“He’s actually better than I thought,” Marner said of Bieber. “He’s got really good hands and got a pretty good shot. I think he surprised me and Matts (Matthews) quite a bit, and Tyson.”

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It was actually Bieber who did the organizing, inviting his Leafs friends to his hometown of Stratford on Boxing Day.

“He’s been kind of talking to me and Auston a little bit,” Marner said. “He said he was back in town and he had a little mini-game. So he asked if we wanted to come along. We had nothing else going on and it’s something you don’t want to miss. Obviously we jumped at the excitement of that, and we had all three of us go down. It was a lot of fun and it was cool meeting all his friends.”

Marner said there were about 15 players involved.

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“It was great. It was a lot of fun,” said Matthews. “Never been to that part of Ontario. So it’s kind of cool to see where he grew up and meet a lot of buddies that he grew up with. It was pretty fun experience for all.”

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Matthews, Marner and Bieber were on one team in the four-on-four game. Barrie, however, “got traded,” said Marner. “Me and Auston and Biebs and a couple of his buddies, we ended up winning the game. But it was all fun.”

Kevin McGran is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @kevin_mcgran

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Justin Bieber (second from left) laces up the skates for a shinny game alongside Maple Leafs stars (from left) Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and Tyson Barrie.

Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and Tyson Barrie had a few days off over Christmas, so they did what a lot of hockey-crazed Canadians do with some time on their hands: Play shinny with some buddies.

Only one of the buddies this time was Justin Bieber.

The Canadian singing superstar is also a Leafs superfan and apparently a fairly good hockey player.

“He’s actually better than I thought,” Marner said of Bieber. “He’s got really good hands and got a pretty good shot. I think he surprised me and Matts (Matthews) quite a bit, and Tyson.”

It was actually Bieber who did the organizing, inviting his Leafs friends to his hometown of Stratford on Boxing Day.

“He’s been kind of talking to me and Auston a little bit,” Marner said. “He said he was back in town and he had a little mini-game. So he asked if we wanted to come along. We had nothing else going on and it’s something you don’t want to miss. Obviously we jumped at the excitement of that, and we had all three of us go down. It was a lot of fun and it was cool meeting all his friends.”

Marner said there were about 15 players involved.

“It was great. It was a lot of fun,” said Matthews. “Never been to that part of Ontario. So it’s kind of cool to see where he grew up and meet a lot of buddies that he grew up with. It was pretty fun experience for all.”

Matthews, Marner and Bieber were on one team in the four-on-four game. Barrie, however, “got traded,” said Marner. “Me and Auston and Biebs and a couple of his buddies, we ended up winning the game. But it was all fun.”

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