Putin prevails in Sochi all-star ice hockey game

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SOCHI, Russia, May 11 (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin showed off his stick skills with a goal and two assists in an amateur ice hockey game at a 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics venue on Tuesday.

Sporting a red jersey with blue trim and the number 11 on his back, the Russian president led a team of officials, businessmen and former players to a 9-5 victory over an amateur selection in the annual Night Hockey League festival game, the Kremlin said. But perhaps the highlight of the night was the moment Putin took an embarrassing spill, tumbling to the ice with limbs flailing.

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY, 10 (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen during the match of the Night Hockey League in Sochi, Russia, May,10,2016. Putin attended a hockey match with NHL veterans, Putin's team won 11: 5. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA. MAY 10, 2016. Russia's President Vladimir Putin in a Night Hockey League gala match at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev\TASS via Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY, 10 (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen during the match of the Night Hockey League in Sochi, Russia, May,10,2016. Putin attended a hockey match with NHL veterans, Putin's team won 11: 5. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA. MAY 10, 2016. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Alexander Yakushev, chairman of the Board of Trustees at HC Spartak Moscow, in a Night Hockey League gala match at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev\TASS via Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA. MAY 10, 2016. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Pavel Bure, president of the World Legends Hockey League, in action in a Night Hockey League gala match at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Mikhail Metzel/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA. MAY 10, 2016. Russia's President Vladimir Putin in a Night Hockey League gala match at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev\TASS via Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY, 10 (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an ice hockey match of the Night Hockey League in Sochi, Russia, May,10,2016. Putin attended a hockey match with NHL veterans, Putin's team won 11: 5. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY, 10 (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an ice hockey match of the Night Hockey League in Sochi, Russia, May,10,2016. Putin attended a hockey match with NHL veterans, Putin's team won 11: 5. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY, 10 (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an ice hockey match of the Night Hockey League in Sochi, Russia, May,10,2016. Putin attended a hockey match with NHL veterans, Putin's team won 11: 5. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA. MAY 10, 2016. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C background), Russian Ice Hockey Federation First Vice President Roman Rotenberg, Tula Region Acting Governor Alexei Dyumin, Alexei Kasatonov, two-time Olympic ice hockey champion and Park of Legends Sports Center director general, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich (L-R front), Viacheslav Fetisov (L background), first deputy chairman of the Russian Federation Council's Social Policy Committee, in a Night Hockey League gala match at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Mikhail Metzel/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - MAY, 10 (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an ice hockey match of the Night Hockey League in Sochi, Russia, May,10,2016. Putin attended a hockey match with NHL veterans, Putin's team won 11: 5. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA. MAY 10, 2016. Viacheslav Fetisov, first deputy chairman of the Russian Federation Council's Social Policy Committee, Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Pavel Bure (L-R), president of the World Legends Hockey League, in a Night Hockey League gala match at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Mikhail Metzel/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA. MAY 10, 2016. Russia's president Vladimir Putin (R) fist bumps players at a Night Hockey League gala match between Night Hockey League Stars and Night Hockey League Select Team at Bolshoi Arena. Mikhail Metzel/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images)
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The 63-year-old sports fan was seen fist-bumping team mates, waving to the crowd and firing shots at the opposition goalie. He was then handed a large trophy by former Soviet Union player Alexander Yakushev.

Despite his team's victory, Putin might be a bit disappointed with his performance. According to Quartz, last year Putin "scored eight goals in May and seven in October. And who can forget his six-goal, five-assist tour de force in 2014?"

A judo black belt, Putin has often shown off his sporting prowess and has previously been seen on television playing ice-hockey, exercising in the gym, riding a horse, diving to the bottom of the Black Sea and flying a hang glider.

(Writing by Patrick Johnston in Singapore; Editing by Paul Tait; Additional reporting by AOL.com)

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