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PHOTOS: Putin shows off ace stick skills in all-star ice hockey game

May 11, 2016 11:20 IST

Russian President Vladimir Putin in action during a gala game of the Night Ice Hockey League in Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday

IMAGE: Russian President Vladimir Putin in action during a gala game of the Night Ice Hockey League in Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Kremlin.ru

Russian President Vladimir Putin showed off his stick skills with a goal and two assists in an amateur ice hockey game at a 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics venue on Tuesday.

Putin, sporting a red jersey with blue trim and the number 11 on his back, led a team of officials, businessmen and former players to a 9-5 victory over an amateur selection in the annual Night Hockey League festival game, the Kremlin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Soviet former player Alexander Yakushev hold a trophy as they take part in a gala game of the Night Ice Hockey League on Tuesday

IMAGE: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Soviet former player Alexander Yakushev hold a trophy as they take part in a gala game of the Night Ice Hockey League on Tuesday. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin via Reuters

The 63-year-old sports fan was seen fist-bumping team mates, waving to the crowd and firing shots at the opposition goalie. He was then handed a large trophy by former Soviet Union player Alexander Yakushev.

Russian President Vladimir Putin greets participants of a gala game of the Night Ice Hockey League

IMAGE: Russian President Vladimir Putin greets participants of a gala game of the Night Ice Hockey League. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin via Reuters

A judo black belt, Putin has often shown off his sporting prowess and has previously been seen on television playing ice-hockey, exercising in the gym, riding a horse, diving to the bottom of the Black Sea and flying a hang glider.

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