Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter
Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) - Several former Philadelphia Flyers will travel to Russia for a series of exhibition games this month and they could face no less than Russian president Vladimir Putin.
According to Joe Watson, a Flyers defenseman from the 1970s who has helped organize the event, Putin wants to play against the American visitors.
"I don't know about that," said Watson, who promised not to give special treatment to Putin.
"He'll have to earn it from us as far as we're concerned. We may be stuck in Siberia, but what the hell? We'll have a good time," he added.
However, Watson said that there's no way of confirming if Putin will really see action.
"They never release Putin's schedule until 24 hours before because of security reasons, so Putin, if he's around, he wants to play the game against us," Watson explained.
The 64-year-old Putin has suited up with former NHL players before. A couple of years ago, he played in an exhibition and scored eight goals -- a few coming on assists from former NHL stars Pavel Bure and Valeri Kamensky .
Aside from Watson, other former Flyers who will join the trip are Brad Marsh, Terry Carkner , Jeff Chychrun , Shjon Podein , Lindsay Carson and Al Secord .
The Flyers' alumni team is scheduled to play games in Kazan (Feb. 16), St. Petersburg (Feb. 18) and outside in Moscow's Red Square (Feb. 20).
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