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VIDEO: Prince George hockey player scores against Russian team, Vladimir Putin

Jeremy Gervais pots for Team Alberta in first game of 2019 Junior World Cup
Jeremy Gervais - Bonnyville
Prince George's Jeremy Gervais plays for the Bonnyville Pontiacs in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (via Bonnyville Pontiacs)

It’s not every day you get to show off your skills in front of political dignitaries but, in the case of a Prince George hockey player, he silenced one of world’s most infamous leaders while at an international tournament.

Cariboo Cougars alumni Jeremy Gervais is with Team Alberta in Sochi, Russia for the next week participating in the 2019 Sirius Ice Hockey World Cup, a showcase of junior players from eight different countries.

The 20-year-old potted his first-ever international goal on a pass in front from teammate Carter Savoie while on a power-play, pushing the puck between the legs of the Russian netminder to make it a 2-0 score for Alberta in the first period.

The Prince George product also scored in front of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was in Sochi for the opening match.

His team, however, would go on to lose the tilt on a 3-2 comeback by Loko Yaroslavl.

Gervais is on a pre-determined roster of Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) players, put together to be the Canadian representative and opened the annual event against host-Loko Yaroslavl today (Aug. 23).

Geravis will play their next tournament match against MODO, a team from Sweden, on Sunday at 5 a.m. Pacific.

He will return to the AJHL this fall for his final year for junior ‘A’ hockey AJHL, playing for the Bonnyville Pontiacs.