Vladimir Putin falls over on lap of honour in exhibition ice hockey game in Sochi
By Richard Cooke
Last Updated: 11/05/19 11:37am
Vladimir Putin scored at least eight goals in an exhibition ice hockey game - then fell flat on his face during a lap of honour.
The Russian President knows a thing or two about playing ice hockey. He has taken part in the annual Legends game half a dozen times in the past and scored many goals, although the exact total remains something of a mystery.
All was going well for the 66-year-old on his seventh appearance on Friday in Sochi, as he turned out with a number of former NHL greats, governors and a few billionaires.
After some questionable defending, the Associated Press reported the President scored eight goals while the Kremlin's account made it 10.
Putin's team won 14-7, leaving his goal tally over the years at approximately 36.
Plenty of cause for celebration, but when the time came for a victory lap, the President's evening took a turn for the worse.
Not seeing the red carpet that had been laid out on the ice, Putin's skate around the rink came to an abrupt halt.
Click on the video to watch Vladimir Putin score in the annual Legends game and then take a tumble during his post-match lap of honour.