Vladimir Putin gave a stellar performance in the gala game of the National Amateur Ice Hockey Team’s Festival in Sochi, Russia. The president scored six goals and had five assists to lead his team to a 21-4 victory.
The hockey festival was put on by the Night Hockey League (NHL) to foster amateur hockey around Russia. The 61-year-old President helped found the NHL in 2011, around the time when he learned to ice skate himself.
“There are no winners or losers here. This was a friendly game, a show and everybody enjoyed it," said Putin. "Look, all these people are in their 40s and they all do sports in their free time. If events like the Night Hockey League games in the regions and the final Cup matches here in Sochi help to get people involved in sports – we can say we have reached our goal.”
Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu also participated.
While Putin is just an amateur hockey player, he's known as an avid outdoorsman who enjoys horseback riding and hunting, particularly when it involves taking his shirt off. Watch Putin play with Russian hockey vets below:
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