Most hockey teams have a totem of some sort that they award every night to the player who had the best game. No one has a trophy quite like Izhstal Izhevsk, though.
The Russian club, which plays in the second-tier VHL, unveiled a new postgame award this week after defeating Chelmet. It’s not a hat, or a jacket, or a rock or any of the other things NHL teams pass around the dressing room. No, goalkeeper Saveli Kononov was feted for his strong performance in net by receiving an AK-47.
Kononov stopped 36 of the 38 shots he faced for Izhevsk, an assault rifle-worthy performance if I’ve ever seen one.
“If we play poorly, they will shoot us,” the players joked, according to Russian news service Pravda.
That raises a valid question: Is the gun a replica or could you actually load it and go shoot beer cans behind the arena?