Russian Hockey Goalie is Given an Incredible Gift for His Man-of-the-Match Performance

Russian hockey goalie Saveli Kononov was named man-of-the-match after his performance that led Izhstal Izhevsk to a 3-2 victory against rivals Chelmet.

Kononov was awarded an AK-47 as a prize after being voted man-of-the-match by his teammates.

It's safe to say this is not something that would happen in the United States.

There has been a series of unique awards handed out by hockey teams. Even NHL teams have made this into a custom.

Some examples of these awards in the NHL include the Carolina Hurricanes giving away a wood chopping axe and the New York Rangers give away a "Broadway Hat" for each of their star performers of the game.

But these awards pale in comparison to the Russian team handed out an AK-47.

Russian Hockey Goalie ak-47

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Can you imagine the outrage from the media if an American sports team handed out an assault rifle as a prize to an athlete? Things are definitely different om Russia, to say the least.