Vladimir Putin seen during a Night Hockey League gala match at Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia on Oct. 7, 2015.
Alexei Nikolsky—Corbis
By Alexandra Sifferlin
October 7, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrated his 63rd birthday on Wednesday by hitting the ice.

Putin played on a team with former Russian hockey professionals, Vyacheslav Fetisov and Pavel Bure. Putin scored seven goals and his team won the 15-10, the Associated Press reports. Putin was given a trophy for the win and a medal for his contributions to Russian hockey, according to the AP.

The Russian president was briefed earlier in the day about the country’s air force operation in Syria.

Across Russia, other celebrations in Putin’s honor included an exhibition of portraits of him as different characters from Che Guevara to Buddha held in Moscow.

[AP]

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