Vladimir Putin Expected To Take The Ice in Upcoming Hockey Match

Ford Springer | Contributor

The Philadelphia Flyers Alumni team will be traveling to Russia for a “goodwill tour” in a few weeks, and Russian President Vladimir Putin will reportedly take the ice during a game.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin takes part in a friendly ice hockey match with Finland's President Sauli Niinisto in Igora resort near in St. Petersburg, on June 22, 2012. (Photo credit: ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/GettyImages)

(Photo credit: ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/GettyImages)

Former Flyers defenseman Joe Watson, who organized the trip, said that Putin wants to play, but it hasn’t been confirmed whether he will or will not.

“They never release Putin’s schedule until 24 hours before because of security reasons,” Watson told the Courier-Post on Saturday. But, “if he’s around, he wants to play the game against us,” Watson added.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (front) takes part in a game at the All-Russian ice hockey festival among amateur teams at Megasport Arena in Moscow, May 7, 2012. Putin played for Team of the Russian Amateur Ice Hockey League, which competed with the Russian Legends Team. (Photo credit: ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/GettyImages)

(Photo credit: ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/GettyImages)

Putin has participated in similar hockey events before, and he’s recorded some surprisingly impressive stats. The Russian president played in an exhibition match in 2015 during which he scored eight goals in an 18-6 defeat against some ex-NHL players.

Watson said that he and the rest of the retired Flyers aren’t going to go easy on Putin like people have in the past. He was on the Flyers team that famously beat the Russian Red Army, 4-1 in 1976, and he’s not afraid to bring a similar intensity this time around.

(Photo credit: ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/GettyImages)

(Photo credit: ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/GettyImages)

“He’ll have to earn it from us as far as we’re concerned,” Watson said. “We may be stuck in Siberia, but what the hell? We’ll have a good time.”

The Flyers’ alumni will play three games on the goodwill tour in Russia, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer., February 16 in Kazan, February 18 in Saint Petersburg and February 20 in Moscow’s Red Square.

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