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Russian Hockey Team Awards AK-47 To 'Player Of The Game'

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Russian Hockey Team Awards AK-47 To 'Player Of The Game'

A hockey star from Russia received a bizarre award for his starring role in goal; an AK-47.

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Having stopped 36 of the 38 shots he faced for Izhstal Izhevsk in their 3-2 win over Chelmet, Saveli Kononov was handed an assault rifle by a senior official.

The hockey goalie was presented with a gun in the dressing room following his heroics in net by his teammates who voted Kononov as the 'Player of the Game'.

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Izhstal Izhevsk's captain passed Kononov the weapon and he paraded with the gun before giving a rousing speech to his teammates.

The players seemed amused with the new gimmick. One player joked: "If we play poorly, they will shoot us."

It's unclear whether the gun is a replica or a fully-loaded weapon.

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This isn't the first time a hockey team has given out strange post-match awards. In the past, NHL teams have awarded everything from barber shop capes and Broadway hats to a Abraham Lincoln costume.

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But they all pale in comparison to Izhstal Izhevsk's gift.

Only in Russia...

Topics: Hockey, Russia

Nasir Jabbar
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