Russian President Vladimir Putin put his skates on for his 63rd birthday and took to the ice. The leader, famous for posing shirtless on horseback and in other unashamedly macho situations, played in a hockey game Wednesday night alongside former NHL stars.
As you’d expect, Putin’s team won. And the man himself scored seven goals.
The President’s teammates included former Vancouver Canucks player Pavel Bure, as well as Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who earlier in the day had been briefing Putin on Russia’s latest round of military strikes in Syria.
Despite his impressive scoring feats on the rink in the southern city of Sochi, Putin only “mastered” ice hockey in recent years, according to the Russian news agency Tass.