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Before he was wooing girls with a flip of his hair, Justin Bieber was playing forward for his local hockey team.

Like any good Canadian boy, Justin played hockey as a child growing up in Stratford, Ontario. This photo, taken for the 2002-2003 hockey season for Bieber’s team, the Stratford Warriors, shows Justin snarling as he poses with his big hockey stick. At just 8-years-old, Justin looked like he was a fierce little competitor!

Biebs has never been shy about showing his hockey roots. “I love hockey,” Justin told ABC’s Nightline in March of last year. “I played hockey all my life. I’m a [Toronto Maple] Leafs fan.”