The President of Russia Vladimir Putin on his birthday went to the ice of the Shayba arena in Sochi. At the scale of Night hockey League Russian favorite will play with stars of the national sport.
Vladimir Putin, who turned 63 years old, traditionally took to the ice under 11-m number in red-white-blue with the emblem of the Night hockey League. Visitors at the stands welcomed the head of state with applause.
Simple birthday invitation, and together with him in the team "stars of the KHL" from Putin received Pavel Bure, Vyacheslav Fetisov, Sergei Shoigu. Team opponent - team NHL - play artist Igor Butman, President of the judo Federation Boris Rotenberg, his son Roman, the Governor of Moscow region Andrei Vorobyov.
After the game, as said press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, the President will celebrate "just with hockey players". But the intentions for the evening he did not disclose. "What will happen tonight, I don't know. This is already a personal space. There is, of course, likely relatives, friends", - quotes its RIA Novosti.
Note that the President often took part in the matches of the Night hockey League. The last time he played in a gala match NHL in early may. The Russian leader then scored 8 goals, and the team for which he played, won with the score 18:6.
One of the first appearances of Putin in the hockey arena occurred in 2012, also as part in a similar tournament in the NHL, after just a few hours after his inauguration.
Night hockey League was created in 2011 on the initiative of Putin and with the support of the Russian hockey veterans. Its main tasks are attraction of adult residents of Russia to the sport, to popularize in the country of hockey and the creation of an Amateur ice hockey community, uniting all regions of the Russian Federation.