Article Oct 26, 2016

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Justin Bieber competes against ice hockey professionals in Manchester

Justin Bieber tested his ice hockey skills against professionals during a match in Manchester, England on Tuesday evening (25Oct16).

The Sorry singer, a keen ice hockey player, spent a night off from his Purpose World Tour to join the professionals at Manchester Storm for a friendly game, and the teammates shared a picture of Justin wearing their jersey and posing for a group shot on the ice.

"Surprise late night visit this evening at the @Mcr_Storm! Thanks for joining us @justinbieber! #WeAreStorm," they tweeted. They later added, "So,people are asking just how good @justinbieber is at hockey after his appearance with the @Mcr_Storm? He's good."

They also posted footage of Justin scoring a goal and celebrating by spinning his arm around in a windmill motion and bending down on one knee, so one leg slides along the floor.

Manchester Storm general manager Neil Russell told the Manchester Evening News he had invited Justin to come and play, but he wasn't sure it would ever happen because the Canadian singer had cancelled on three occasions.

"I sent him an email a few weeks ago and heard nothing back," Russell said. "Then I got a call on Monday saying he would be very keen to meet up with the team for a skate.

"He cancelled on us three times but then they got in touch tonight and said, 'I'm on my way'. So I got the team together and we were all skating with him for a good hour or so... He's a really good skater."

He added the 22-year-old had even joined them at the pub after the match with his two minders, and continued his night by heading to the club Tiger Tiger for student night Taboo Tuesdays.

As he was heading to the ice rink, Justin and his convoy of cars were reportedly caught on video driving dangerously and on the wrong side of the road near oncoming traffic. A spokeswoman for Cheshire Police told MailOnline they were keen to speak to witnesses and whoever posted the footage on social media.

Justin's ice hockey outing took place two days after he performed at Manchester Arena, where he stormed off stage when fans wouldn't stop screaming as he tried to talk. He returned two minutes later and declared he wouldn't be speaking in between songs for the rest of the night.

He is next due to perform in Sheffield, England on Wednesday night (26Oct16).