Putin improves hockey stats with goal on ice

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Putin - wearing his #11 jersey - ended up with 5 goals (and a few assists) in his team's 12-7 victory.

The two teams were comprised of amateur players, a governor and a pro-Putin billionaire, as well as Olympic champions. Alongside with famous Soviet players: Vyacheslav Fetisov, Alexei Kasatonov, Valeri Kamensky and Alexander Mogilny who joined the president on the ice of Sochi's "Bolshoi" skating palace. Tula Region Governor Aleksey Dyumin was again on Putin's team serving as a goaltender just like a year ago. Russian president appeared on the ice wearing his traditional number 11 on his jersey.

Putin improves hockey stats with goal on ice
Putin improves hockey stats with goal on ice

If anyone in the Stanley Cup playoffs replicated Thursday's on-ice production of Russian President Vladimir Putin, they'd probably be a lock for the Conn Smythe Trophy.

The opposition team was made up of Moscow Region Governor Andrei Vorobyov, Norilsk Nickel CEO Vladimir Potanin and others. The 65-year-old Russian president took up hockey late in life after being a keen judo competitor in his youth.

Putin was continuing his tradition of hitting the ice after the presidential inauguration.

Putin plays regularly for the Legends of Hockey team in a game given wide coverage on Russian state TV.