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Artemi Panarin
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Panarin with the New York Rangers in October 2021
Born (1991-10-30) 30 October 1991 (age 32)
Korkino, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 173 lb (78 kg; 12 st 5 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
New York Rangers
Vityaz Chekhov
Ak Bars Kazan
SKA Saint Petersburg
Chicago Blackhawks
Columbus Blue Jackets
National team Flag of Russia.svg Russia
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present

Artemi Sergeyevich Panarin (Russian: Арте́мий Серге́евич Пана́рин; born 30 October 1991), nicknamed the "Breadman", or simply "Bread", is a Russian professional ice hockey winger and alternate captain for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for Vityaz Chekov, Ak Bars Kazan, SKA Saint Petersburg, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Originally an undrafted player, Panarin began his professional career playing in the Kontinental Hockey League in his native Russia. He made his NHL debut in 2015 after signing an entry-level contract with the Blackhawks. Panarin won the Calder Memorial Trophy in the 2015–16 season as the league's top rookie.

Early life

Panarin was born and raised in Korkino. He developed an early interest in ice skating. His maternal grandfather, a former amateur hockey player, encouraged Panarin to play hockey when he was five years old. He helped train Panarin and would often drive him to hockey tournaments in Tyumen. Panarin attended the Traktor Ice Hockey school in Chelyabinsk, where he trained six days a week for six months a year.

Playing career

KHL

Panarin was not selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and began his professional hockey career in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) with HC Vityaz. On 31 January 2013, having produced 18 points in 40 games, Panarin was traded to SKA Saint Petersburg in exchange for a draft pick. In the 2014–15 season, Panarin recorded 26 goals and 62 points in 54 appearances for SKA. He played a significant role in the team's championship run, scoring 20 points in 20 playoff games. He was named to the KHL first all-star team for the 2014–15 season.

NHL

Chicago Blackhawks

On 29 April 2015, Panarin signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks. He scored his first career NHL goal on 7 October 2015 against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, the first goal scored by the Blackhawks in their first game of the 2015–16 season. On 17 February 2016, in another game against the Rangers, Panarin scored his first career NHL hat-trick. He appeared in 80 games for the Blackhawks during the 2015–16 season and recorded 30 goals and 47 assists for 77 points, which led all NHL rookies and ranked within the top-ten amongst all NHL skaters. Panarin found instant chemistry with Patrick Kane and fellow Russian Artem Anisimov on the Blackhawks' second line. Kane, who was the NHL's MVP and leading scorer in 2015–16, cited Panarin as a major contributor to his successful season.

Panarin scored his first Stanley Cup playoff goal on 15 April in Game 2 of the 2016 playoffs against the St. Louis Blues. During the playoffs, he registered seven points. Panarin was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top rookie, at the 2016 NHL Awards on 22 June. Panarin was also awarded the 2015–16 Kharlamov Trophy, given to the best professional Russian hockey player by the Russian Hall of Fame. He also earned a $2.55 million bonus pursuant to his contract for finishing the season in the top-ten among forwards in scoring. Panarin expressed his gratitude to Kane for helping him reach his contract incentives by gifting him a luxury watch.

In the 2016–17 season, Panarin built upon his rookie season, continuing his offensive role playing alongside Kane. On 9 November 2016 in a game against the St. Louis Blues, Panarin recorded his first career Gordie Howe hat-trick. On 26 December, Panarin signed a new two-year, $12 million contract with Chicago effective for the 2017–18 and 2018–19 seasons. He completed his second North American season scoring a career-best 31 goals in collecting 74 points in 82 games and was named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team.

Columbus Blue Jackets

On 23 June 2017, Panarin was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets (along with Tyler Motte and a sixth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft) in exchange for Brandon Saad, Anton Forsberg, and a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Panarin had a record-tying achievement of picking up five primary assists in one game on 8 December 2017 to help Columbus defeat the New Jersey Devils 5–3. On 20 March 2018, Panarin scored his second career hat-trick (and added an assist) to clinch a 5–3 Columbus win over the New York Rangers. On 3 April, Panarin surpassed the Blue Jackets' franchise points record after scoring 80 points in 80 games, finishing the season with 82. The following season, Panarin would break his own record, setting a new Blue Jackets-franchise point-scoring record with 87 points.

New York Rangers

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Panarin (left) beside teammate Jacob Trouba during a game in 2022.

On 1 July 2019, Panarin signed a seven-year, $81.5 million contract with the New York Rangers, worth an annual average of $11.642 million. Panarin scored his first goal as a Ranger on a power play during the 2019–20 season opener against the Winnipeg Jets on 3 October, and also notched an assist on Jacob Trouba's first goal with the team.

By 5 October 2019, Panarin had the third-most assists and was tied for second in the NHL in points on the road since starting the start of his NHL career. On 9 January 2020, Panarin became the first player in Rangers history to have 60 points in the first 43 career games as a Ranger, edging out Wayne Gretzky who had 59. Later, on 13 January, Panarin made Rangers history three times during the game. He became the first Ranger to record six three-point games in a nine-game span (six goals, 16 assists). He also became the second Ranger to record nine plus points in four consecutive games, and the second Ranger in last 40 seasons with 67 points through the team's first 45 games. Panarin concluded the shortened 2019–20 regular season by recording a career-high 95 points from 32 goals and 63 assists. He finished tied with David Pastrňák for third overall in scoring among all NHL skaters. He was also a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL's most valuable player.

On 22 February 2021, Panarin announced he would take a personal leave of absence. He returned to practice with the Rangers on 10 March. Panarin was ruled out for the final three games of the season with a lower-body injury following an on-ice brawl with Tom Wilson on 3 May. He finished the 2020–21 NHL season with 17 goals and 41 assists in 42 games.

On 7 December 2022, during a game against the Vegas Golden Knights, Panarin recorded his 600th career point. Among active players at that time, he became the fifth fastest player to do so in 536 games, behind Evgeni Malkin (490), Alex Ovechkin (464), Sidney Crosby (430), and Connor McDavid (421).

Panarin opened the 2023–24 New York Rangers season with a franchise record 15-game point streak, eclipsing the 14-game point streak to open a season set by Rod Gilbert during the 1972–73 season.

International play

Artemi Panarin
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Panarin playing for the Russian National Team in 2016
Medal record
Representing Flag of Russia.svg Russia
World Championships
Silver 2015 Czech Republic
Bronze 2016 Russia
Bronze 2017 Germany/France
World Junior Championships
Gold 2011 United States

Junior

Panarin was part of the Russian men's junior team that won a gold medal at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Russia was trailing Canada 3–0 in the third period of the championship game; Panarin made the score 3–1 with 17:27 remaining in the third period to prompt a Russia comeback. He would go on to score the game-winner with 4:38 left to play en route to a 5–3 Russia win.

Senior

Panarin made his Russian senior team debut, when he was included on the roster, in one of the rounds of EuroHockeyTour in the 2013–14 season.

He was selected to the top senior squad for Russia's hockey team in the 2015 IIHF World Championship, earning a silver medal. He recorded ten points in 10 games.

Panarin also played in the 2016 IIHF World Championship, where Russia earned a bronze medal. Early in the tournament, head coach Oleg Znarok formed a highly-productive line of Panarin (six goals and nine assists) and his former SKA Saint Petersburg teammates Vadim Shipachyov (6 goals and 12 assists) and Evgenii Dadonov (six goals and seven assists). Panarin, Shipachyov and Dadonov finished as the top three scorers of the tournament.

Panarin represented Russia at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Personal life

Panarin moved to the United States in August 2015 after joining the Chicago Blackhawks. He did not speak English at the time and moved in with a Russian-born family who were Chicago residents. The family helped Panarin transition to his new surroundings and culture. Panarin also has a personal translator who helps him conduct interviews before and after games. His fellow Russian teammates, Viktor Tikhonov, who briefly played with the Blackhawks in 2015, and Artem Anisimov, also helped Panarin understand English while playing in North America. Panarin was affectionately nicknamed the "Breadman", a reference to the Panera Bread restaurant chain, by his teammates and coaches on the Blackhawks.

In a July 2019 interview with Vsemu Golovin, Panarin strongly criticized president of Russia Vladimir Putin, saying, "The mistake in our society is treating him like a superhuman. He is a regular person, like us, and he is serving us... Yes, to be a president you have to be smart and enlightened, but our biggest mistake, among many, is thinking that we have nobody better than Vladimir Vladimirovich. This is nonsense. How many million people live here? No question there is someone better." Sportsnet claimed that Panarin is by far the biggest Russian athlete to speak out against Putin, and Russian-American ice hockey reporter Slava Malamud, who translated the interview, claimed that it was unprecedented in Russian sports for someone of Panarin's caliber to be so critical of Putin.

On 22 February 2021, Panarin announced he would take a personal leave of absence after the Russian tabloid newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda published allegations that he physically assaulted an 18-year-old woman in 2011, and bribed law enforcement to drop the charges. Panarin and the Rangers denied the story's veracity, stating: "This is clearly an intimidation tactic being used against [Panarin] for being outspoken on recent political events." The allegations were made by his former KHL coach Andrei Nazarov, who coached him during his time with Vityaz Chekhov. The story was released after Panarin voiced his support for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, openly criticizing Putin. Nazarov said that he was motivated to make the allegations after Panarin voiced his support for anti-government protests in Russia. Nazarov claimed that Panarin's then teammate, Mikhail Anisin, was there at the incident. While Anisin confirmed there was an encounter with young women, he denied that there was any violence, and called the allegations "disgusting". Panarin returned to practice on 10 March.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Vityaz Chekhov KHL 5 0 1 1 2
2008–09 Vityaz Chekhov–2 RUS.3 62 29 39 68 70 13 4 5 9 28
2009–10 Russkie Vityazi MHL 38 20 24 44 55 3 1 2 3 0
2009–10 Vityaz Chekhov KHL 20 1 8 9 16
2010–11 Russkie Vityazi MHL 13 5 12 17 22
2010–11 Vityaz Chekhov KHL 40 5 16 21 8
2011–12 Vityaz Chekhov KHL 38 12 14 26 49
2011–12 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 12 1 4 5 4 4 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Vityaz Chekhov KHL 40 11 7 18 22
2012–13 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 3 0 1 1 2 14 2 7 9 0
2013–14 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 51 20 20 40 30 4 0 0 0 2
2014–15 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 54 26 36 62 37 20 5 15 20 4
2015–16 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 30 47 77 32 7 2 5 7 14
2016–17 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 31 43 74 21 4 0 1 1 0
2017–18 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 81 27 55 82 26 6 2 5 7 6
2018–19 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 79 28 59 87 23 10 5 6 11 0
2019–20 New York Rangers NHL 69 32 63 95 20 3 1 1 2 0
2020–21 New York Rangers NHL 42 17 41 58 6
2021–22 New York Rangers NHL 75 22 74 96 18 20 6 10 16 8
2022–23 New York Rangers NHL 82 29 63 92 36 7 0 2 2 2
KHL totals 263 76 107 183 170 42 7 22 29 6
NHL totals 590 216 445 661 182 57 16 30 46 30

International

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Russia WJC 1 7 3 2 5 4
2015 Russia WC 2 10 5 5 10 4
2016 Russia WC 3 10 6 9 15 4
2016 Russia WCH 4th 4 1 1 2 4
2017 Russia WC 3 9 4 13 17 4
Junior totals 7 3 2 5 4
Senior totals 33 16 28 44 16

Awards and honors

Award Year
KHL
KHL All-Star Game 2015*
KHL First All-Star Team 2015
Gagarin Cup champion 2015
NHL
NHL All-Rookie team 2016
Calder Memorial Trophy 2016
NHL Second All-Star team 2017, 2023
NHL All-Star Game 2020, 2023
NHL First All-Star team 2020
International
WC Top 3 player on Team 2015, 2017
Kharlamov Trophy 2016
WC All-Star Team 2017
WC Best Forward 2017
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