Whether you love him or hate him, the one thing that you probably know about Justin Bieber is that he’s from Canada. He also happens to be a hockey fan (or so we’ve heard), which isn’t surprising considering that hockey is the most popular sport in his home country. Even with a lot of young fans, Bieber has a lot of people that don’t like him, and we’re sure that there are a lot of NHL players that would love to get into a fight with him.
Bieber has a reputation for fighting, and has been involved in a few brawls during his career. Bieber even picks fights with guys that are much bigger than he is, but he hasn’t gone head-to-head with the likes of an NHL player. There are plenty of players that we’d like to see take on Bieber, even though it probably wouldn’t be a fair fight.
Let’s take a look at some of those players that made the list. Many of them made the list because they’re notoriously tough and often get into fights, while others are super popular that would make for a great headline. Here are 15 players that we would love to see fight Justin Bieber, because it’s obvious that he would lose.
15 Micheal Haley
Heading into the 2016-17 season, Micheal Haley had only played 72 games in the NHL despite making his debut in the 2009-10 season with the Islanders. Haley then played in 58 games during this most recent season, scoring 12 points to bring his career total up to 16. Despite such a low scoring total and very little ice time, Haley has spent 350 career minutes in the penalty box, with much of it thanks to fighting.
Haley registered 16 fights this season while only averaging around nine minutes of ice time per game. If Bieber is looking for someone to get into a rumble with, it wouldn’t want to be Haley, who is always searching for a reason to increase his penalty minutes. That’s especially true if it’s against Ryan White of the Coyotes.
14 Alexander Ovechkin
Not only is Alexander Ovechkin one of the best hockey players (if not the best) of his generation, he’s also liked by a large majority of the NHL fans. It’s quite the opposite for Bieber, who has a ton of haters. It would likely be a quick and one-sided fight between Ovechkin and Bieber, who holds a six inch height advantage at 6’3” and 240 pounds. Ovechkin has plenty of talent with more than 1,000 career points, but is also tough.
Ovechkin has spent 617 minutes in the penalty box in his career, but has only gotten into three documented fights in his career. He doesn’t have the best track record against NHL players, but there’s no doubt that he could beat up Justin Bieber in a short amount of time.
13 Jared Boll
Now a 10 year veteran in the NHL, Jared Boll spent his first nine season in the league with the Columbus Blue Jackets before joining the Anaheim Ducks this past season. Boll has tallied just 65 points over his decade of play, while getting sent to the penalty box for a combined 1,282 minutes. Boll is also an aggressive hitter, with more than 1,000 so far in his long career.
Boll found himself in the middle of more than a dozen fights in the 2016-17 season. Though sometimes other aggressors in the NHL get the best of Boll in a fight, Bieber wouldn’t be able to hang with the veteran. After having spent so long in the league and going toe to toe with some of the toughest, Boll is a hardened fighter with a lot of skill.
12 Cody McLeod
Cody McLeod simply loves to fight, as he was tops in the NHL during the 2016-17 regular season with 19 fights. It was the same number that he achieved in the 2014-15 season and McLeod is always looking for a tussle. What’s impressive is that even as much as McLeod gets into fights, he hardly ever loses. There have been some guys on the list that have bested him in the past couple of years, but it doesn’t happen too often.
McLeod has made a career out of fighting, as he has only scored 122 career points since making his debut in the 2007-08 season. In that time, McLeod has spent a total of 1,452 regular season minutes in the penalty box. Needless to say, Bieber wouldn’t stand a chance.
11 Chris Thorburn
Chris Thorburn isn’t the best fighter in the NHL, but he wouldn’t ever back down from the toughest guys out there right now. Thorburn made his debut back in the 2005-06 season with Buffalo, and then spent a year with the Penguins before the past decade with the Thrashers/Jets. We’ve never seen Thorburn get to 20 points in a season, but he’s never had fewer than 65 penalty minutes even in limited time.
Thorburn found himself in the middle of more than a dozen fights in the 2016-17 season, many of them with players from our list. If Thorburn can hang with those types of fighters, there’s little doubt that he’d be able to take Bieber behind the woodshed in a one-on-one fight. At 6’3” and 235 pounds, it isn’t even fair, really.
10 Marcus Foligno
Left winger Marcus Foligno has only been around in the NHL since the 2011-12 season (spending his entire career with Buffalo so far), but he has made quite the impact in the fighting world. Foligno spends an average of about 15 minutes per game on the ice, and is usually scoring around 20 points per season. In between his occasional scoring, Foligno is busy winning fights.
Foligno found himself involved in nine fights during the 2016-17 season, and only came out as the consensus loser once. That fight happened to be against Victor Hedman, who has quite the size advantage on Foligno. Foligno would have an even larger size advantage over Bieber, and wouldn’t even have odds in Vegas because there would be no money to be made.
9 Kyle Clifford
For his first seven seasons in the NHL, Kyle Clifford has been quite the bruiser for the Los Angeles Kings. Averaging about 160 hits per season despite an average of 10 minutes per game on the ice, Clifford has only tallied 84 points in his NHL career compared to 630 minutes in the penalty box. Clifford also got involved in 11 fights in the 2016-17 NHL season.
Clifford mixed it up this year with the likes of fellow list members such as Marcus Foligno, Cody McLeod and Jared Boll while living to tell the tale. With that type of training against the best fighters in the NHL, Clifford is plenty prepared for a fight with a pop singer that stands at 5’9”. Especially since Clifford is 6’2.”
8 Mark Borowiecki
Most of the players on our list are much older than Bieber, but Mark Borowiecki is still just 27 years old. Borowiecki made his debut with the Ottawa Senators in the 2011-12 season, and is still with the team today. Over the past three seasons, Borowiecki has become a regular for the team with around 15 minutes of ice time per game. Borowiecki certainly uses that time efficiently in terms of getting into fights.
Borowiecki is not interested in scoring with 17 career points, but does like securing victories in fights. Borowiecki has registered 13 fights in the 2016-17 season, including rumbles with many of the other players on our list. Borowiecki has 436 penalty minutes in just 217 career games. While he’s not the typical enforcer because of his high average time on ice, he’s certainly not afraid to back down. Especially from someone that thinks they’re tough.
7 Deryk Engelland
Deryk Engelland spent his first five seasons in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and has been a member of the Calgary Flames since 2014. Engelland had to wait to make his debut until he was 27 years old, but he was a very experienced fighter in his time in the minor leagues. Engelland added nine more fights to his career total in the 2016-17 season, including a memorable one against Jarome Iginla where Iginla surprisingly came out on top.
Even with the loss, Engelland could definitely knock out Bieber pretty quickly without a doubt. Engelland has had a lot of preparation for a high profile fight like that, instead of focusing on his scoring since he only has 86 career points. Compare that to 500 penalty minutes.
6 Matt Martin
When it comes to fighting on the ice, not many people get the best of Matt Martin. After spending seven years with the New York Islanders to start his NHL career, Martin joined the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2016-17 season. So far, he has put together 97 career points in 520 games with 803 minutes spent in the penalty box. In this past season, he had more than a dozen fights.
Martin and Borowiecki got into it earlier this season, with Martin coming out on top. For a left winger, Martin is a pretty solidly built guy at 6’3” and 220 pounds. Even if he wasn’t a hockey player, Bieber would have trouble trying to take down a guy like that. Martin has plenty of time for fighting, too, since he just turned 28 years old.
5 Zdeno Chara
Just taking one look at Zdeno Chara, you know you’re encountering a guy that you wouldn’t want anything to do with in a fight. At 6’9,” Chara is the tallest guy in the NHL these days, and he’s not exactly a beanpole at 250 pounds. Chara doesn’t fight as often these days as he did around a decade ago, but he still knows how to rumble. It’s always must-see television when Chara starts brawling, and it would be a high selling pay-per-view to see him take on Bieber.
Chara’s no slouch when it comes to talent, either. Over his 19 seasons in the NHL, Chara has put up 604 points. In that time, he has also spent 1,779 minutes in the penalty box. He’s certainly a man amongst boys on the ice.
4 Luke Schenn
In the 2016-17 season, Luke Schenn found himself third on the hits list with 286 behind only Matt Martin and Mark Borowiecki, who also made the list. Schenn has been a huge bruiser since making his debut at 19 years old with the Maple Leafs in the 2008-09 season, and only seems to get tougher with age. With more than 2,000 career hits at the age of 27, that’s a lot of punishment that he has dealt out.
Schenn also only has 136 career points and 494 penalty minutes. He’s not the most common fighter out there, but he doesn’t back down. Schenn has been involved in more than a dozen fights over the past few seasons, even though he isn’t the biggest guy at 6’2” and 215 pounds. He could win just by body checking Bieber.
3 Dustin Byfuglien
Though he is more focused on his offensive game in the NHL, Dustin Byfuglien is not a slouch in the slightest when it comes to being a tough player. Byfuglien spent five years with the Blackhawks before joining the Jets franchise for the 2011-12 season. Over his 12 years in the NHL, Byfuglien has put up 449 points with 913 penalty minutes and a handful of memorable fights.
Byfuglien usually gets into a small handful of fights each year, but we always want to see what happens since he’s 6’5” and 260 pounds of solid hockey player. When Byfuglien does get into a fight, seeing him bested is a very rare occasion. Even when the toughest enforcers have to look up at him and are at a weight disadvantage, there’s a little bit of fear.
2 Evander Kane
Not really known for his fighting, it’s pretty common knowledge among NHL players that you don’t want to start a fight with Evander Kane. Though he’s only been in nine fights since the beginning of the 2012-13 regular season, nobody has gotten the better of him in several seasons. Just ask the likes of Brendan Smith and Alex Petrovic how fun it is to get into a fight with Evander Kane.
Kane isn’t the biggest guy out there, but at 6’2” and 210 pounds, he’s not exactly a featherweight. Kane lets a lot of his play do the talking, as he has scored 300 points in his first eight seasons with the Jets and Sabres. He’s a little low on the penalty minutes count compared to others on our list, but he’s still at 589 so far.
1 Sidney Crosby
Sidney Crosby hasn’t been in a fight since February 2015 when he went up against Brandon Dubinsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets, so why would we want to see him in a fight with Justin Bieber. Because it would be the ultimate match-up of Canadians that were completely polarizing at a young age with a seemingly endless amount of talent, but still able to rub people the wrong way.
Crosby has the size advantage at 5’11 and 200 pounds, making him a couple of inches taller than Bieber. He also isn’t the worst fighter in the world, and even winning just one fight in the NHL makes you tougher than a huge majority of the population. Crosby has won a few in his days, though, as he has learned that people are always going to be targeting him. It would be the fight that you would hate to love to hate to watch.