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Congratulations to Russia’s national ice hockey team on winning the world championship

May 21, 2012

In a telephone conversation with the team’s head coach, Zinatulla Bilyaletdinov, Vladimir Putin congratulated the team on winning the gold medal at the world ice hockey championship.

Mr Putin said that the players once again showed that they are the world’s best and have given Russia another reason to feel proud.

The President also sent the team a telegram congratulating them on their outstanding victory.

Mr Putin said, in particular, in the telegram:

“Your individual skill as players and well-coordinated work as a team enabled you to get the upper hand over strong opponents, and you played all of your ten matches at the championship in the best traditions of the Russian hockey.

I express particular thanks to the coaches and specialists who prepared the team for this big competition.”

The Russian team scored a 6:2 victory in the final against Slovakia. The championship took place in Finland and Sweden. 

May 21, 2012