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Putin shows off ice hockey skills

Published 16/05/2015 | 19:31

Russian president Vladimir Putin watches an exhibition hockey game at a tournament of the Night Hockey League in the Black Sea resort of Sochi (AP)
Russian president Vladimir Putin watches an exhibition hockey game at a tournament of the Night Hockey League in the Black Sea resort of Sochi (AP)
Russian president Vladimir Putin signs his autograph on a player's uniform after an exhibition hockey game at the Night Hockey League tournament in the Black Sea resort of Sochi (AP)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has played in an exhibition ice hockey game and scored one goal after another thanks to assists from retired professional players.

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Mr Putin's team won 18 - 6, with eight of those goals scored by the 62-year-old president, most of them on assists from National Hockey League stars Pavel Bure and Valeri Kamensky.

Three of the remaining goals were scored by Russia's defence minister.

The game was played in Sochi, the city that hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics, and concluded shortly before Russia played the US in a semi-final of the ice hockey world championships.

During his 15 years as Russia's leader, Mr Putin has frequently displayed his athletic skills, most notably in judo and swimming. He took up ice hockey only in recent years to promote the sport.

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