Russain hockey goalkeeper Saveli Kononov was handed an AK-47 after inspiring his side Izhstal Izhevsk to a 3-2 victory against rivals Chelmet.

The net-minder was awarded the assault rifle by the captain having been voted as player of the match by his team-mates.

This is the latest in a series of bizarre awards handed out by hockey teams, with many NHL sides making it a custom.

After stopping 36 shots and conceding just two goals, the 23-year-old can be seen in the changing room after the game as a club official brings the weapon in.

It is then handed to the cpatain who officially makes the handover.


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