Vladimir Putin thanks Canada for introducing to the World “the Scintillating Sport of Hockey”   Leave a comment


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The 2016 IIHF World Championship was the 80th such event hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), being held in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia, from 6 May to 22 May 2016. Canada entered the tournament as the defending 2015 champions. Hungary returned to the Championship after a 6-year absence, and Kazakhstan after a 1-year absence.

Canada won their 26th gold medal, defeating Finland 2–0 in the gold medal game. With the win Corey Perry became the second consecutive Canadian team captain to earn membership in the Triple Gold Club. Russia won the bronze medal, defeating the United States 7–2 in the bronze medal game.

Russian President-for-life Vladimir Putin made an unscheduled visit to the post-game festivities of the championship game.  And took to the podium to hand out the trophy and thank everybody for their participation.  At one point the crowd broke into a Vlad, Vlad chant.  This guy is popular.

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Canada won their second straight championship!

 

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Vladimir making his majestic entrance into the Moscow Ice Palace

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The giant eagle was bred by the Russian Institute for Abnormal Genetics Research and Development (RIAGR) in association with the Russian Military Advanced Research and Technical Anomaly Hybrid Foundation (RMARTAHF).

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Posted May 26, 2016 by markosun in Geopolitics, Sports

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