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Stories the Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will face-off in a two-game hockey series are off-side, according to the Prime Minister's Office.
The next chapter in the Russian-Canadian hockey rivalry will not be written by the two leaders, said the Prime Minister's spokesman Andrew MacDougall.
The statement comes after the Toronto Star reported that Harper and Putin would square off in two exhibition games marking the 40th anniversary of the Canada-U.S.S.R. Summit Series.
Harper, 52, played three years of organized hockey as a child and has openly discussed writing a book about the history of the game.
Putin, 59, has only been playing hockey for a year and reportedly once saved a TV crew from a tiger attack.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is getting tougher on pot growers than he is on rapists of children. Under the Tories' omnibus crime legislation tabled Tuesday, a person growing 201 pot plants in a rental unit would receive a longer mandatory sentence than someone who rapes a toddler or forces a fiveyear-old to have sex with an animal.