'During a break in the game, Viacheslav Fetisov spoke at length about the state of hockey in Russia and North America,' Stackhouse said. Fetisov, right, wore a Red Army uniform, the team he played for in the old Soviet Union before heading to the NHL in 1989. 'He is trying to rebuild his country's hockey culture, at the minor and professional level. He's also working on the NHL to allow its players to participate in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Before our chat, he spent part of the evening giving private lessons to Putin, focusing on his carves and quick shots.'