MINSK, May 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Following the Russian national ice hockey team's triumph in the final match of the 78th World Ice Hockey Championship over the Finnish squad 5-2, Russian President Vladimir Putin went downstairs to the team's cloak-room and congratulated them on the gaining of the gold medals.
"Thank you very much for the splendid, marvellous teamwork. We can be proud of the fact that we have got a talented, remarkably strong-willed effective team. This is so swell. You have gladdened the hearts of millions of people. Thank you so much", Putin said.
The Russian team has won a world ice hockey championship for a fifth time. Earlier it scored successes at championships of 1993, 2008, 2009, and 2012. The Russian team also won the silver twice (in 2002 and 2010) and bronze twice (in 2005 and 2007).
The Soviet ice hockey team used to win world championships 22 times. The Soviet ice hockey players also had to their credit seven silver medals and five bronze ones.
The Russian national team has consolidated the lead of domestic teams by the number of wins at world championships. The Canadians are second with 24 victories and the team of the Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia) is third in this respect with 12 wins.