Putin plays with former NHL stars, scores 8 goals

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.

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

In an exhibition hockey game last year, Putin scored six goals and led his team to a 21-4 win.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and retired ice hockey player turned member of the Federation Council Vyacheslav Fetisov take part in a gala match of the National Amateur Ice Hockey Teams' Festival organized by the Night Ice Hockey League in Sochi, Russia, May 16, 2015.
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