Watch Russian President Vladimir Putin play hockey (badly) with Pavel Bure

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, takes part in a gala match of the National Amateur Ice Hockey Teams’ Festival organized by the Night Ice Hockey League in Sochi. (Alexei Druzhinin/Reuters/RIA Novosti/Kremlin)

Russian President Vladimir Putin is a man of many talents. From kicking butt in judo to shirtless river fishing to hunting full-grown tigers, Putin has proven himself a Renaissance man. Now, when he’s not threatening to invade Ukraine, he’s showing off his hockey skills on the ice.

The Kremlin-run 24-hour news station Russia Today reports — surprise! — within the first few minutes of the special All-Russia Festival of Night Hockey game in Sochi, Putin scored a goal. He was so happy that he almost smiled about it.

Legendary Russian players Vyacheslav Fetisov, Pavel Bure, Aleksey Kasatonov and Valery Kamensky joined the Russian president, where he awkwardly made them give him fist-bumps a billion times.

Because guess what? If they declined, they’d face this type of wrath.

(Via Business Insider)

Oops. I mean this type of wrath.

(Via Business Insider)

(H/t: TMZ)

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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