MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has played in an exhibition hockey game and scored one goal after another on assists from retired NHL players.
Putin's team won 18 to 6, with eight of those goals made by the 62-year-old president, most of them on assists from Pavel Bure, one of the greatest goal scorers in NHL history, and Colorado Avalanche star Valeri Kamensky.
Three of the remaining goals were scored by Russia's defense minister.
The game was played Saturday in Sochi, the city that hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics, and concluded shortly before Russia played the U.S. in a semifinal of the ice hockey world championships.
In an exhibition hockey game last year, Putin scored six goals and led his team to a 21-4 win.