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Vladimir Putin

Putin forgives referees, thought Russia would beat U.S. ‘by a big margin’


In case you didn’t know, Russian president Vladimir Putin is a big time hockey fan. He’s also all-in on seeing his country come away with the gold medal and beating anyone and everyone along the way to do it.

That’s what made the United States’ 3-2 shootout win against Russia all the more difficult to handle for Putin. From the disallowed goal in the third period to seeing T.J. Oshie score on four out of six shootout attempts to seal the victory, he’d have a lot to gripe about if he wanted to.

But he won’t do that as RSport out of Russia shares.

“Even referees sometimes makes mistakes, here I wouldn’t tar anybody with any brush, but I thought that we would win by a big margin,” Putin said. “You and I shouldn’t forget that sport isn’t only about skill but also about the athletes’ courage, and even a good slice of luck.”

 The only thing better than a good slice of luck is a good slice of pie.

It’s likely a relief for referee Brad Meier that Putin said he wouldn’t “tar anybody” because of a bad call. Meier was the official who caught Jonathan Quick’s net being off the moorings thus disallowing what would’ve been Fedor Tyutin’s go-ahead goal.

Of course, as Puck Daddy shares, Russian fans aren’t as forgiving to Meier as their president is.

Watch Russian President Vladimir Putin play hockey after winning election

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Being a head of state comes with many perks. For newly re-elected Russian President Vladimir Putin that means getting to play a good old game of hockey as a way to celebrate being approved by the people once again.

Check out the video of Putin in action in this story from MSNBC.com’s Dara Brown. Here’s to hoping the officials called things nicely in favor of Putin’s team, you never want to upset the President of any country, never mind Russia.

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No, Harper and Putin won’t be playing hockey against each other

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have no plans to face off against each other in a pair of hockey games to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series.

That according to the Prime Minister’s Office, which today was forced to refute a report in the Toronto Star that the two leaders would be hitting the ice in September. (Presumably with the winner becoming the undisputed ruler of the North Pole.)

To be fair, the rumor wasn’t the most ridiculous ever.

Putin isn’t an experienced hockey player; however, he did skate with CSKA Moscow in November.

Harper knows all about hockey – he’s even written a book on the game’s history that’s due out later this year. Granted, he only played a few years as a kid and quit when he was 13.

Putin plays hockey, finds buyer for CSKA

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin played hockey Friday evening in Moscow, adding yet another edgy activity to a resume that already includes judo, motorcycle riding and shooting darts at whales.

Here’s ITN’s report on Putin’s skate with CSKA Moscow:

As you can see, Putin isn’t the greatest hockey player, but he sure finds himself wide open in front of the net a lot. Can’t believe nobody took the lumber to him.

Putin was also successful in his attempt to convince Rosneft, Russia’s biggest oil firm, to take over CSKA.

“We started looking around, brought in our energy firms, agreed with Rosneft that they must, no, may support the ice hockey club,” Putin said, as reported by Reuters.

Notice how he checked himself there? “Rosneft must give money to CSKA. Sorry, not must. May.”

“Ah, who’s kidding who? They must.”

Thousands gather at Yaroslavl arena to mourn Lokomotiv; Russian stars discuss the tragedy

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About 35,000 people gathered for a memorial ceremony at Yaroslavl arena on Saturday to mourn the losses suffered by Lokomotiv. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was among the people who came to pay their tributes to the victims of that terrible plane crash, which claimed the lives of 43 people, including most of the KHL team. The league recently announced that Lokomotiv won’t participate in the 2011-12 season.

Agence France-Presse reports that the turnout was so large that it forced organizers to extend the ceremony by more than an hour. That same report reveals that Yaroslavl’s Upsensky cathedral was the site of a private funeral service for several of the players’ close relatives.

While the team was comprised of many Russian players, there were also foreign players who were members of the club. Czech-born players Josef Vasicek, Karel Rachunek and Jan Marek will be honored in an official service on Sunday afternoon at Prague’s Old Town square. Goalie Stefan Liv’s death shook many people in his native Sweden as well.

Aviation and safety officials continue to try to piece together the cause of the crash while the accident’s two survivors – including player Alexander Galimov – remain in critical condition.


The Associated Press caught up with two significant Russian hockey figures who attended the funeral.

“It’s hard for me to talk because I loved the team so much,” said Slovakian national hockey team coach Vladimir Vujtek, who had previously coached Lokomotiv.

“For the first time in my life, I had trouble entering an ice arena,” KHL chairman and former NHL star Vyacheslav Fetisov said at the ceremony. “It’s an inexplicable tragedy.”

Puck Daddy’s Dmitri Chesnokov spoke with Evgeni Malkin and translated an interview that featured Pavel Datsyuk in separate posts. Here is an excerpt of what Datsyuk said about the sad situation first.

“This morning right before our meeting I watched a requiem on YouTube that was organized in Minsk in remembrance of the hockey players who died. It touched me so deep how people reacted to this tragedy, with the kind of respect they remembered [those] people. It touched my soul.

“But I caught myself thinking that I still cannot believe it. I cannot accept that this actually happened. Only now I am starting to realize that you cannot bring the guys back. I don’t want to believe it…  But now you have to live with it.”

Finally, here is a portion of what Malkin had to say.

“All the players who are overseas right now — and I talked with a lot of them — we are all feeling for you, supporting…. This is a terrible tragedy. We have to live through it together. We have to keep together and move on. I know that Russia will get back on its feet and will carry on moving forward.”

Today marks yet another tough day as Russian hockey, the KHL and the hockey world at large tries to move on from that horrific event. We’ll keep an eye on the sad situation as ceremonies continue, information is updated and people continue to react.