Mike Keenan is Lenin in Wacky KHL Team Promo

By , Hockey VIPs Magazine
August 28, 2015

Mike Keenan and his fellow Metallurg Magnitogorsk coaches act in a short promotional film for the team.

Mike Keenan (third from left) and his fellow Metallurg Magnitogorsk coaches act in a short promotional film for the team.

Metallurg Magnitogorsk recently released a promotional video to celebrate the team’s eighth year in the Kontinental Hockey League.  The short film, titled “It Was in Razliv,” combines quirky Russian humor with a large dose of Lenin-worship.

In the video, former NHL coach and current Metallurg bench boss Mike Keenan plays the (revered?  despised?) Bolshevik himself.  (His resemblance to the Communist leader reportedly sparked the idea.) The rest of the coaching staff portray other “revolutionaries.”

According to Metallurg’s website, the name of the film “references the events of 1917, when Vladimir Ilyich [Lenin] was forced to spend the summer on the shores of Razliv Lake, preparing a new phase of his offensive.”

 

Photograph:  Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Video:  Metallurg Magnitogorsk

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