In team sports the world over, the player of the match is often awarded some kind of prize from their efforts, ranging from a nondescript small plastic trophy (the Premier League) to a celebratory bottle of champagne (the County Championship).
But Russian ice hockey team Izhstal Izhevsk do things a little bit differently.
After their recent victory over Chelmet in the second-tier VHL, the club rewarded the performance of goaltender Saveli Kononov with a brand new AK-47 assault rifle.
Kononov stopped 36 of the 38 shots he faced during the match, and was afterwards presented with his new gun in the team’s dressing room.
Kononov posed happily with his prize – although other players seemed rather less sure of the club’s new prize giving policy.
“If we play poorly, they will shoot us,” one player joked, according to the Russian news service Pravda.
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