Justin Bieber can sing with the best of them, but the National Hockey League is employing his speaking voice.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman revealed Monday that Bieber will narrate an introductory package for the league's doubleheader matchups Tuesday night:
The 2021-22 regular season will officially open with the reigning champion Tampa Bay Lightning hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins before the Seattle Kraken play their inaugural game against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Bieber won't have any rooting interests in those games, as the Stratford, Ontario, Canada native is a die-hard Toronto Maple Leafs fan. The 27-year-old global superstar has even struck up a friendship with Leafs All-Star center Auston Matthews and recently launched a limited-edition collaboration with the team through his Drew House fashion line:
Both games will air on ESPN, initiating a seven-year partnership between the network and the NHL. The last time ESPN housed hockey in any capacity was 2004.
Tampa Bay versus Pittsburgh will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST, and Seattle at Vegas is slated for a 10:15 p.m. EST start.