All hands on the ice: Vladimir Putin played hockey
• All hands on the ice: Vladimir Putin played hockey
May 10 at the Ice Palace "Large" in the Olympic Park in Sochi, Vladimir Putin played in a gala match in the tournament Night Hockey League (NHL) against the "national team NHL", made up of Russian billionaires and government officials. The President presented the team "Stars of the NHL", as usual at number 11. The match was won by the president's team with a score of 9: 5. Its contribution to victory made and Putin, scoring one goal. Recall that last year the president struck the gate rivals eight times.
This year, together with Putin in the team "Stars of the NHL," played by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and hockey legends, including Pavel Bure, Viktor Shalimov, Vyacheslav Fetisov, Alexei Kasatonov and Alexander Yakushev. For "national team NHL" were Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich and the Moscow region governor Andrei Vorobyov, and billionaire Arkady and Boris Rotenberg and Gennady Timchenko and Vladimir Potanin.
How was the match - in the photo gallery below.
Vladimir Putin appeared on the ice in the second period of the match. Throughout the game he managed to score a goal against rivals, "national team NHL."
President Night Hockey League (NHL), Alexander Yakushev and the team "Stars of the NHL."
In the past year, Vladimir Putin scored eight goals in the opponent's goal.
The Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu as always played in the same team with the president.
Acting Head of Tula region Alexei Dyumin (right) plays the position of goalkeeper and, according to the special correspondent of "Kommersant" Andrey Kolesnikov, sometimes it shows "amazing skill, so you need to dodge flying at him the puck presidential."
Hockey unlike judo relatively new hobby president. It all began in February 2011, when in a conversation with the players of the youth team of Russia President promised to learn to skate. And he started training, according to Dmitry Peskov, once or twice a week, mostly at night.
The history of hockey's popularity among the officials and entrepreneurs well know Vyacheslav Fetisov (pictured right) Olympic and multiple world champion, winner of the Stanley Cup, the senator from Primorye. After his career in 1998, he briefly worked trainer, and after went to the civil service - in 2002 led Goskomcport, c 2004 to 2008 led the Rossport. "One of the problems then was to popularize the sport, - says the senator. - I slowly began to attract people, it began with Sergei Shoigu, Emergency Situations Ministry later appeared rink where we started, pulled many businessmen. It was clear that if the government and big business, they will invest in the sport. " According to Fetisov, now in the country is 10 times more indoor ice rinks, than in Soviet times.
Fetisov That along with other distinguished veterans helped Putin to master the basics of hockey. Senator Sam plays hockey almost every day, and often with their influential disciples. "I often play the Minister of Defense, - said Fetisov. - Sergey Shoigu in the Soviet childhood, all played on the open boxes, was a goalkeeper, and as a result has become a very good striker, scores a lot. And by the way, throws on both sides, which is rare in hockey. "
In February of 2012, at a meeting with veterans of hockey Putin is not too highly of their success on the ice, "What did I iron, I can not in any way, hooves I move out there on the ice, like a cow crawl ..." However, in April 2012, th first time he publicly stood on skates on a hockey rink.
Night Hockey League was founded December 15, 2011 on the initiative of Putin and Russian hockey veterans. The first gala match NHL held on May 7, 2012 in the Sports Palace on Khodynka Field in Moscow. Today in the NHL there are several divisions in age from 18 and up to more than 45 years. In addition to NHL games today are involved and women.
In March 2016, RBC announced that due to problems with financing the Night Hockey League changed owners. The new owner and main sponsor of the league was the NCSP Group "Amount" Ziyaudina Magomedov and "Transneft". Magomedov's older brother took over as chairman of the board League instead Fetisov. According to RBC, the annual budget of the league is 200 million rubles. Of these, the festival in Sochi this year will be spent 75 million rubles, a source told RBC in the NHL.