Russian hockey team rewards player with AK-47

Something tells me Beto O’Rourke is not a hockey fan.

While other teams reward outstanding players with a plaque or a check, HC Izhstal, a second-tier hockey team from Izhevsk, Russia recognized the outstanding play of goaltender Saveli Kononov with one of its nation’s finest products.

An AK-47.

After Kononov stopped 36 of 38 shots in a game against Chelmet in a 3-2 win, the team presented him with the Kalashnikov.

While American sports teams give players “turnover chains” and hats, one of the world’s toughest and most effective weapons makes more sense.

His teammates joked the gift is motivating the rest of the team. “If we play poorly, they will shoot us,” they laughed to Pravda.