Putin spends his birthday playing hockey with NHL stars

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks before an ice hockey match between former NHL stars and officials at the Shayba Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on the ice, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, takes part in an ice hockey match between former NHL stars and officials at the Shayba Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin spends his 63rd birthday on the ice, playing hockey with NHL stars against various Russian officials and tycoons. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, with Russian ice hockey star Alexander Yakushev, stands before an ice hockey match between former NHL stars and officials at the Shayba Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on the ice, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, takes part in an ice hockey match between former NHL stars and officials at the Shayba Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on the ice, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in an ice hockey match between former NHL stars and officials at the Shayba Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on the ice, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, takes part in an ice hockey match between former NHL stars and officials at the Shayba Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on the ice, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in an ice hockey match between former NHL stars and officials at the Shayba Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on the ice, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, with Russian ice hockey star Alexander Yakushev, stand before an ice hockey match between former NHL stars and officials at the Shayba Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on the ice, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, front, takes part in an ice hockey match between former NHL stars and officials at the Shayba Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin spends his 63rd birthday on the ice, playing hockey with NHL stars against various Russian officials and tycoons. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, takes part in an ice hockey match between former NHL stars and officials at the Shayba Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin spends his 63rd birthday on the ice, playing hockey with NHL stars against various Russian officials and tycoons. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, second left, with the International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel, left, sits before an ice hockey match between former NHL stars and officials at the Shayba Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on the ice, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 7: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a Night Hockey League ice hockey match on October 7, 2015 in Sochi, Russia. Putin spent his 63rd birthday playing hockey with NHL stars. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 7: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a Night Hockey League ice hockey match on October 7, 2015 in Sochi, Russia. Putin spent his 63rd birthday playing hockey with NHL stars. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 7: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a Night Hockey League ice hockey match on October 7, 2015 in Sochi, Russia. Putin spent his 63rd birthday playing hockey with NHL stars. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on the ice Wednesday, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons.

Putin scored seven goals as his star-studded team, which included NHL legends Vyacheslav Fetisov and Pavel Bure, won the game 15-10. The opposing team included Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu as well as Putin's close friends — tycoons Gennady Timchenko and Arkady Rotenberg. Both were slapped with Western sanctions last year for their ties to Putin in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Putin was given a trophy for his team's win at the end of the game and a medal for his contribution to hockey in Russia.

Earlier in the afternoon, Putin was briefed by Shoigu about the Russian air force operation in Syria. As the Russian television began to broadcast dramatic footages of Russian cruise missiles fired from a warship in the Caspian Sea, lighting up the night sky, Putin stepped on the ice of the Shayba arena in Sochi for the game that was broadcast live on Russian television.

SEE MORE: Russia fires missiles as Syrian troops launch ground push

Last year, Putin reportedly spent his birthday holed up in the Siberian wilderness far away from populated areas.

In Moscow, Putin's social media fan club held an exhibition of portraits of Putin as various real and fictional characters, including Che Guevara, Father Christmas, Jupiter and Buddha.

In Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, officials were hosting a soccer game featuring Italian veterans to celebrate Putin's birthday. The organizers unfurled a banner covering the entire football pitch that read:

"The best president. Happy birthday!"

Related: See Putin playing alongside former NHLers earlier this year:

Putin Stars in Exhibition Hockey Game, Scores 8 Goals


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