The match meeting
On Tuesday, after meeting in Sochi, President Vladimir Putin took part in a gala match Night hockey League, held in the ice Palace “Big” in Sochi. It was attended by two hockey teams — “stars of the Night hockey League” (NHL), which plays Putin, and “the Team of Night hockey League”. Team played in red and white form respectively. The meeting was officiated by the team of judges under the President of the International ice hockey Federation (IIHF) Rene Fasel. Before meeting the Russian national anthem was performed by the winner of the TV show “the Voice. Children” Danil Pluzhnikov.
In the team, “NHL Stars” on the gates were the acting Governor of Tula region Alexey Dyumin and Soviet goalie Vladimir Myshkin. In addition to the President for the team in red played the former defender, “new Jersey”, and nowadays Senator Vyacheslav Fetisov, two-time Olympic champion Alexei Kasatonov, defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and a two-time winner of the award given to the best sniper of the season in the National hockey League, Pavel Bure. The team was coached by Putin’s world champion in the USSR team in ice hockey Nikolai Makarov, his son, Sergei, President of the NHL, Aleksandr Yakushev and football coach Guram Agaev.
On ice in white out friends of Putin are billionaires Gennady Timchenko, Arkady and Boris Rotenberg, the son of the last novel, billionaire Vladimir Potanin, Governor of Moscow region Andrei Vorobyov. The team was coached by the Deputy of the State Duma from “United Russia” Alexander Tretyak and former coach of Kazan “AK Bars” Mr. Rashid.
To participate in the match Vladimir Putin held a meeting with military officials and the leadership of the military-industrial complex (the meetings will continue until Friday) and visited the educational center “Sirius”, where on Tuesday opened a new direction of “Chess”. He headed the 14th world champion Vladimir Kramnik. Educational center “Sirius” in Sochi, created the Education Fund “Talent and success”, the 2015 Chairman of the Board and founder, cellist Sergei Roldugin. He was also present at the ceremony in the education center, said the source, who attended the event.
The game started without waiting for Putin, he joined his team in the second period. While the President was absent, his place in the first three attacks together with Valery Kamensky and Bure took defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. He actively struggled towards the goal, but first goal came from the second of the three: noted Soviet hockey player Alexei Zhamnov. After that Shoigu earned scoring points.
To print the gate Dyumin, playing for the team Putin, “white” for a long time failed, despite the activity of the Rothenberg Jr. After several spectacular saves Dyumin’s third goal in the locker room of the NHL and scored Shoigu himself.
After the break, appeared on the field Putin. He was replaced by Shoigu in the first three and immediately went on the attack. On the first goal, Putin took less than four minutes. After the President and the game is tougher. In the joint agreed Dmitry Bosov (President of the group “ALTEK”) and Shoigu.
First team white in the second period the gates “stars” printed sparrows. He was assisted by Roman Rotenberg, who added another washer in gate Dyumin.
In the third period, the commenter noted that hockey players visually tired, but the attack speed to keep managed. To increase the score could Sergei Shoigu, who scored twice, and Pavel Bure, who scored a hat-trick. Putin is no longer scored and even failed to implement the bullet and multiple one to zero. However, was able to chalk up two assists. In a massive attack of the “stars” NHL team could meet only three goals, one of which was scored by musician Igor Butman. Final score 9:5.
Night hockey League was created in December 2011 on the initiative of the then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The competition is held in three stages: at the level of municipality, at the level of subject of the Russian Federation and at the national level. Traditionally the final of the championship takes place in Sochi. In the framework of the NHL play in Russia 714 68 teams in the regions, the winning team gets the right to build in the city for the budget account of the ice stadium. Matches are conducted according to standard rules, with the judges, in three periods of 20 minutes.
In March 2016 due to funding problems the Night hockey League was replaced by the owners. The new owner and the main sponsor of the League became NCSP group “Sum” Ziyavudin Magomedov and “Transneft”. At the same time the post of Chairman of the Board of the League of left Fetisov, his place was taken by older brother Magomedov.
Prior to this, in February the study “transparency international — Russia” called Night hockey League opaque non-profit organization. According to experts, the NHL has won twice won the grant with a amount above average, the total amount of all grants, won the NHL is 28.5 million rubles.
The total annual budget of the League is 200 million rubles., of which a large part goes to this festival in Sochi. A source in the NHL evaluates the current festival in 75 million roubles.
Putin’s participation in the game Night hockey League is an obvious admission for 63-year-old politician, who is preparing for reelection and wants to show his strength, youth and dynamism, says the President of the Center for political technologies Igor Bunin. In conversation with he reminded that former Russian President Boris Yeltsin in 1996 for the same purpose has constantly surrounded himself with young people. Bunin noted that the hockey in this regard is more positive response from the population than the flight with Siberian cranes or diving to the sea bottom for ancient amphoras. As stressed by the scientist, thus the special role is part of the hockey team, because it becomes virtually a substitute of the yard.