Goalkeeper given AK-47 as reward for Man of the Match Performance

A Russain hockey team, Izhstal Izhevsk has handed their goalkeeper Saveli Kononov, an AK-47 after inspiring them to a 3-2 victory against rivals Chelmet, MySportDab reports.

The shot-stopper was awarded the assault rifle by the captain having been voted as player of the match by his teammates.

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

The 23-year-old player made 36 professional saves and conceded just two goals during the encounter. The club official brought the riffle as a reward for him.

The weapon was then handed to the Captain of the team who subsequently presented it to the goalkeeper.

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