Putin Terrible at Hockey, Miraculously Nets 6 Goals

Russian president takes a break, loses game in which 'there are no losers'

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted May 11, 2014 9:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – What's a newly divorced Russian strongman to do when most of the world wants to throttle him and he's getting no respect from his own supporters? Play a little hockey, that's what. And pretty badly, reports the Week in a look at Vladimir Putin's foray onto the ice yesterday at something called the "All-Russia Festival of Amateur Teams of the Night Hockey League" in Sochi. Even with a less-than-motivated opposition goalie and near-assists from NHL players, Putin choked several times. Yet somehow, reports the Daily Mail via the Voice of Russia, Putin managed to score six times and had five assists. Despite his, er, heroics, Putin's team eventually lost, but no hard feelings, says the president: "There are no winners or losers here. This is a friendly game." Click for the Week's GIF of Putin attempting to put his helmet on—backward.

Vladimir Putin plays in a hockey match between Russian amateur players and stars at a festival of amateur hockey in the Olympic Park in Sochi, Saturday, May 10, 2014.
Vladimir Putin plays in a hockey match between Russian amateur players and stars at a festival of amateur hockey in the Olympic Park in Sochi, Saturday, May 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)
Vladimir Putin plays in a hockey match between Russian amateur players and stars at a festival of amateur hockey in the Olympic Park in Sochi, Saturday, May 10, 2014.
Vladimir Putin plays in a hockey match between Russian amateur players and stars at a festival of amateur hockey in the Olympic Park in Sochi, Saturday, May 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)
Vladimir Putin after a hockey match between Russian amateur players and stars at a festival of amateur hockey in the Olympic Park in Sochi, Saturday, May 10, 2014.
Vladimir Putin after a hockey match between Russian amateur players and stars at a festival of amateur hockey in the Olympic Park in Sochi, Saturday, May 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian hockey star Vyacheslav Fetisov.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian hockey star Vyacheslav Fetisov.   (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)
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