May 10, 2014 4:06 pm

WATCH: Vladimir Putin joins hockey game, scores six goals


Russian President Vladimir Putin was given a chance to show off his sporting prowess on Saturday at a festival of ice hockey.

Putin scored 6 goals at the amateur game in the Bolshoi arena in Sochi, helping his team to a 21-4 victory.

He was joined by Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, as well as former professional players and amateurs of the Night Hockey League (NHL)

The NHL was created by Putin in 2011 to enable businessmen and women, governors and ministers who worked during the day, to fulfil their hockey dreams on an evening.

Before the match started, there was a minute’s silence in honour of those who died during clashes in Mariupol on Friday.

Speaking to the media after the game, Putin said the aim of the festival was to attract more people to the sport.

“We have no winners and no losers, it’s a friendly game,” he said.

The NHL festival took place from May 3 to 10 and involved 108 teams from 55 Russian regions and 11 foreign countries.

© 2014 The Associated Press

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