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Hockey players on Red Square: (left to right) Vladimir Krutov, Vyacheslav Fetisov, Igor Larionov and Alexey Kasatonov, Sergey Makarov
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Dec. 11, 2006
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A Hockey Game on Red Square
Bosco di Ciliegi head Mikhail Kusnirovich laid out ice on Red Square from GUM department store to Lenin's Mausoleum on Saturday for a hockey match between Soviet and world hockey veterans. The Russian team was led by legendary captain and current chairman of the Russian Federal Agency for Fitness, Sports and Tourism Vyacheslav Fetisov. The match commemorated 60 years of Russian hockey, the 50th anniversary of the Soviet Union's first Olympic victory in hockey and the 25th anniversary of the great Soviet five-man unit of Igor Larionov, Sergey Makarov and Vladimir Krutov, Fetisov and Alexey Kasatonov. Among the foreign participants were Jari Kurri, Steve Shutt, Mats Naslund, Paul Coffey, Peter and Anton Stastny, Esa Tikkanen, Reed Larson, Tomas Sandstrom, Doug Brown and coach Scotty Bowman.
The event began with a pre-game supper in Moscow's Eldorado restaurant. Igor Larionov, now a vintner, provided wine for the meal. After eating, the players practiced on the Red Square rink.

A podium was set up near the mausoleum the next day for the match. Emergencies Minister Sergey Shoigu was present for the game. He plays hockey with Fetisov every weekend. Besides Shoigu, head of the presidential experts department Arkady Dvorkovich was there with his son, and deputy speaker of the State Duma Artur Chilingarov, presidential representative for the Northwestern Federal District Ilya Klebanov with his wife, vice president of Alfa Bank Alexander Gafin, lawyer Pavel Astakhov and his wife, general producer of radio station Silver Rain Natalia Sindeeva and friends of Ksnirovich and Fetisov.

From the sporting world, boxer Konstantin Tszyu, retired tennis player Evgeny Kafelnikov and hockey coaches Vladislav Tretyak and Viktor Tikhonov were present. Actors Alexander Abdulov and Sergey Stepanchenko and singer Larisa Dolina also came to watch. Autographs were exchanged all around and collected with great enthusiasm and a rare display of glee by the special forces troops on guard at the event.

УI wonder if Putin is watching from a window?Ф Abdulov asked rhetorically at one point, gesturing toward the Kremlin.

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