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Justin Bieber offered pro hockey contract

Justin Bieber holds the Stanley Cup prior to performing on NBC's TODAY Show on June 4, 2010 in New York City.
Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for NHL

(CBS/AP) - Justin Bieber a hockey player?

Could be, if a California minor league team gets its way. The Bakersfield Condors have offered the pop singer a contract, if he wants to play with them this season. The coach says he has seen the Canadian-born native on skates - and think he has what it takes to play.

From the Condors website:

"Very rarely do you see this combination of skill and toughness," said [head coach/Director of Hockey Operations, Matt] O'Dette. "We share a common Canadian heritage since we both hail from Ontario. I've scouted some video of him online skating with my hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and I think he could provide some elusive speed up front for us. Plus, he's a right-handed shot which we've been looking to add. I think if we paired him on a line with [Robby] Dee and [Peter] Boyd we'd be tough to beat."

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According to scouts, he possesses soft hands, a good skating stride, and a devastating wrist shot capable of beating NHL caliber goaltenders. He appears to be strong in shootouts as well.

Yes, this is clearly a publicity stunt but the offer seems to be real.

As you can see in the video above, Bieber has skated casually with the Toronto Maple Leafs and showed some semblance of talent on the ice - even if the Leafs weren't exactly defending him.

But as CBSSports.com hockey blogger Brian Stubits notes: "He might have to do something about that 5-foot-7 frame. There aren't many guys who find a lot of success in hockey at that size. Then again, who knows if he really does has a 'devastating wrist shot.'"

  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith is a senior editor for CBSNews.com