He is a Grammy winner, has international fame and has sold more than 15-million records world wide, but Burnaby-born crooner Michael Buble calls joining the ownership group of the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants ”˜the greatest accomplishment of his life’. The 33-year-old was presented with a Giants jersey with his name on the back as he was introduced as a new shareholder in the successful junior hockey franchise by Giants majority owner Ron Toigo at a downtown media conference Thursday morning. Buble, a professed hockey fanatic and ardent follower of both the Giants and the Canucks, claims that while chatting casually with friends recently he was asked what he could live without. Buble says the answer would surprise many: “I could live without music, but I don’t think I could live without hockey.”
Buble, who’d been in discussions about buying into the Giants for a year, says this may just be the beginning of his foray into hockey ownership. “It might be a ridiculously silly goal, but I would love to own the Canucks, too, one day. I’ve got a lot of work to do, but it’s a dream,” he told a large gathering of media on hand for the announcement. The singer says he dons the skates and finds a pick-up game with friends at a local rink a few times a week when he’s at home and not on tour. And when he is out on the road, Buble says he spends plenty of time on-line looking for the latest on the Canucks and the Giants.