Luckily, with the help of a teammate, Putin made a quick recovery.
The Russian leader, as he has the past few years, played with a team known as “Legends” on Friday. The squad’s lineup includes a number of former NHL players and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who scored three goals this year. They faced off against a team of Russian politicians and business executives.
Back home, Putin’s goal count will probably get more attention than his slip-up. In recent years, the Kremlin has branded Putin as a macho outdoorsman and athlete, releasing photos of him shirtless, fishing and working out.
This isn’t the first time he’s fallen on ice, however. He took a tumble in 2016, during a game in which he scored only one goal and offered two assists. But he has branded himself as a standout hockey player for years. In 2012, he took to the ice for a game mere hours after his inauguration — and scored the winning goal.