Drew Scott was all of 85 seconds into his first press conference as a minority owner of the Vancouver Giants when he started taking playful digs at Michael Bublé.
“I will admit I’m probably not great on the ice. Mike trash talks. He says he could take me down. I’m also twice his height, so I don’t know if that’s true,” the Property Brothers TV show star said of fellow Giants co-owner Bublé, before Vancouver’s 4-1 season-opening win over the Victoria Royals Friday at the Langley Events Centre.
“However, I’m willing to give it a shot. I told him that him and I are going to go head to head: basketball, volleyball, hockey, ping pong, golf. We’ll do the Olympics of Bublé and Scott. I will win.”
We’ll assume Scott was kidding. Bublé, the Burnaby singer who’s had a minority stake in the WHL club since 2008, wasn’t at the LEC Friday to fire back.
Regardless, Scott does seem adamant about helping push the Giants’ brand forward.
He and twin brother Jonathan have turned Property Brothers into a renovation show juggernaut, one that’s broadcast in over 160 countries. The brothers grew up in Maple Ridge. Drew and Bublé have been friends for years, meeting through Drew taking an acting class with Bublé’s sister Crystal.
“Everything about it spoke to me. Sports has always been a huge thing for me. It’s in my hometown. And to be doing this with a good friend as well,” said Scott. “And hopefully with Mike and me and our brands and what we do globally, it’s another way to bring a spotlight on such a great team.”
The deal was announced on Thursday. Scott bought his share in the team from the estate of Pat Quinn. Bublé and his father Lewis added to their stakes by also purchasing part of Quinn’s interest. Ron Toigo remains the majority owner, while Sultan Thiara and Bruce Allen are also minority owners.
Scott met the players before the game. He did wonder if Property Brothers would be in their wheelhouse.
“I think most of them think I’m a Disney prince,” he quipped.
The announced crowd of 3,722 at the LEC was treated to a contest that was equal parts spirited and sloppy. Brett Mirwald looked calm and confident in the Vancouver net, making 24 saves. The Giants lost their shutout with 40 seconds remaining, when Deegan Kinniburgh tallied from the top of the slot after Vancouver botched a clearing attempt.
Tyler Thorpe whacked home Vancouver’s first goal of the year from the lip of the crease. The Giants’ other three tallies were more of the highlight-reel variety with Adam Titlbach scoring on a penalty shot with a nifty fake to the forehand, Cameron Schmidt ripping one from the right face-off circle and Colton Langkow on the business end of a three-way passing play with Carson Haynes and Kyren Gronick.
Vancouver resumes action next Friday, visiting the Kamloops Blazers.
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