Binnington hopeful for Bieber shootout: ‘He’s obviously putting in the work’


St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington blocks a shot. (Tom Gannam/AP)

While we remain hopeful sports can safely return at some point in the coming months, and that an NHL season can be finished, there’s another notable event not yet on the calendar we’re curious about:

Will the best-of-10 shootout between Justin Bieber and Jordan Binnington actually happen?

“Hopefully,” the St. Louis Blues goalie told Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman on the latest #Ask31.

If you’ll recall, Binnington challenged Bieber to a 10-round shootout earlier this year after Bieber posted a clip of himself scoring a nifty goal, and a week later, the pop star accepted.

The agreement seems to be that Bieber has to score once in 10 tries to come out on top and that the loser must donate $10,000 to the charity of the winner’s choice. After speculation that it could be part of the 2020 All-Star Game in St. Louis didn’t come to pass, it’s not clear when the event will come together.

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“It’s kinda tough to do mid-season,” Binnington said. “I was trying to push it off til the summertime and hopefully we can find a good time to do it then and it works well for his schedule.

“He’s obviously putting in the work and he’s preparing himself for it…we’ll see. Hopefully it goes down and hopefully it’s some good content, and it’s fun, and it’s for a good cause.”

Another unanswered question is where this event could take place. Will someone have home advantage, or will it be a neutral site? Will there be tickets? And how will we be able to watch this event?

“It has to work for both sides so I’m not going to release that information to you right now,” Binnington said.

Interestingly, Bieber was working with Joey Hishon to prepare for the shootout. Hishon, a 17th overall NHL draft pick known for his excellent puck handling, was a teammate of Binnington’s on the Owen Sound Attack and they won an OHL title together in 2011. Hishon’s also a native of Stratford, Ont., and shares a hometown with Bieber.

“Joey’s pretty smooth,” Binnington said. “He’s pretty creative that guy. Nickname used to be Hishon the Magician. I’m aware of that, but I think I’ve won a championship Hish, so I think his loyalty should really lie with me.

“We’re having fun with it and we’ll see what Hish can teach him.”

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