Hockey tends to bring people together, particularly in Canada. But how would you feel if arguably the greatest player of all time was chirping one of the country's biggest music stars about his puck skills? Well, that seems to be the case in a Wayne Gretzky plane video where The Great One was filmed practicing his skills. The footage looked eerily similar to a photo posted by Justin Bieber last week, and fans suspect there may be some mockery going on, whether serious or not.
Back on February 19, Bieber uploaded a snap of himself on his private jet, practicing his hockey skills with his wife Hailey by his side. Hailey didn't look too interested, though.
The singer had lined up some cups and appeared to be weaving through them, stick in hand.
That picture has over 3.5 million likes and, now, perhaps one very famous imitation?
That's because plenty of people, including whoever runs the NHL's official social media accounts, think a recent video of Gretzky shows his best impression of Bieber.
Ty Gretzky, Wayne's son, gets all the credit for capturing this cheeky moment, which went viral after being shared by the NHL.
"Wayne Gretzky's out here doing his best @justinbieber impression," reads the NHL's caption.
In the clip, Gretzky shows off his wrist action by weaving an imaginary stick through some upturned solo cups.
And most observers seemed to make an instant comparison with Bieber's photo.
Plenty of fans seem to think that the iconic No. 99 is mocking Bieber, whether playfully or more seriously.
"Wayne Gretzky is on his private jet making fun of Justin Bieber lmao what a legend," reads one tweet.
"Wayne Gretzky's out here doing his best @JustinBieber impression," reads another.
This is so great! Gretzky making fun of Bieber https://t.co/WZqWfdvN1o— Matt Bloodgood (@Matt Bloodgood)1582669462.0
@michaelalfox @NorthernlionLP Wayne Gretzky's out here doing his best @justinbieber impression. 😂— tdtbaa (@tdtbaa)1582738494.0
@NHL @justinbieber The Biebs has been cancelled @WayneGretzky— Edge (@Edge)1582736647.0
@NHL @justinbieber Wayne Gretzky >>>>>>>>> Justin Bieber— #SayNoToEuropeanSuperLeague (22-5-3)(23-17-6) (@#SayNoToEuropeanSuperLeague (22-5-3)(23-17-6))1582733243.0
Whether Gretzky meant it or not, the hockey GOAT replicating Bieber's photo is a pretty darn Canadian moment. Almost as Canadian as those times tennis star Vasek Pospisil took a swig of good old maple syrup for a little energy boost.
This is not the first time Gretzky has been connected to a famous current Canadian sports star. Fans loved the Bianca Andreescu-Gretzky picture that was shared a couple of months back.
Maybe this calls for a little face-off between the two stars to show who's better.
I think we suspect who'd win, though.
At least it looks like Bieber has basketball to fall back on, eh?