Mandi Bierly
June 15, 2011 AT 10:25 PM EDT

We’ve always liked Michael Buble, and now we know why: He announced to fans yesterday that he was rescheduling tonight’s concert at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun to Thursday night so he could attend Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals in his hometown, Vancouver. Technically, the message on Bublé’s website says the change in date is to “accommodate all ‘Die-Hard’ hockey fans in the Northeast, so they can view game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals,” which airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. It’s convenient for him that his beloved Canucks are facing off against the Boston Bruins so that sounds somewhat altruistic instead of entirely (and wonderfully) self-indulgent.

Bublé’s fans, at least the ones who know him well, will likely forgive him the inconvenience: After all, they probably know the story of him kissing the Stanley Cup backstage at a concert in 2008. Cup keeper Mike Bolt, who considers it one of Stanley’s best celeb encounters, set the scene for EW when he brought the Cup by our offices last year: “The storyline for Michael was that some German radio station was giving him an award, and this was like 15 minutes before he goes on stage. So they knock on the door. ‘Hey, are you ready to do this?’ ‘Yeah, yeah come on in.’ And in I walk,” Bolt said. “He just lit up like a 9-year-old kid at Christmas. I think we screwed up his entire concentration. They’re like, ‘Michael, five more minutes.’ He goes. ‘Five more minutes? I need more time than that. I don’t want to let the Cup go.’ He plays [the game] himself. The backstage passes were photos of Michael playing hockey.” Watch that below, along with a clip of him attending a Canucks game against San Jose earlier in the playoffs. If only we could get him sitting next to Rachel McAdams

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