Artemi Panarin Sergeyevich (Russian: Артемий Сергеевич Панарин, born October 30, 1991) is a Russian professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Panarin moved to the US in August 2015, after joining the Chicago Blackhawks. Panarin did not speak in English at the time, and moved in with a family of Russian origin, who were residents of Chicago. Family Panarin has helped the transition to his new environment and culture. Panarin also have 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 also helped Anisimov Panarin understand English while playing hockey. Panarin affectionately nicknamed “Bread” Man, a reference to the restaurant chain Panera Bread, his teammates and coaches on the Blackhawks.
Panarin was not selected in the NHL Draft 2010 and began his professional career in hockey in the CHL with Vityaz.Midway HC through the 2012-13 season, Knight Panarin was sold after getting 18 points in 40 games SKA St. Petersburg in exchange for draft picks on January 31, 2013.Panarin tallied 26 goals and 62 points in 54 games for St. Petersburg during the 2014-15 season. He played a significant role in the championship run commands registering 20 points in 20 postseason games. He was named the CHL first all-star team in 2014-15.
Panarin has signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks April 29, 2015 he scored his first career NHL goal against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers in the first game for the Blackhawks. February 17, 2016, Panarin scored his first career hat trick in the NHL against New York Rangers. Panarin has appeared in 80 games for the Blackhawks during the season 2015-16 biennium, during which he recorded 30 goals and 47 assists. He led all rookies with 77 points, which is also included in the top ten among all skaters during the season. Panarin found instant chemistry with Patrick Kane and his fellow Russian Artem Anisimov on the second line Blackhawks. Kane, who was the MVP and top scorer of the NHL in the 2015-16 biennium, Panarin is cited as one of the main reasons for its success.
April 15, 2016, Panarin scored his first NHL playoff goal in game two of the 2016 Stanley Cup, the playoffs against the St. Louis Blues. In the playoffs, he had a total of seven points. Panarin was awarded the Calder Trophy, awarded to the top rookie NHL 2016 NHL Awards June 22, 2016 Panarin was also awarded the 2015-16 biennium Kharlamov Trophy, awarded to the best Russian professional hockey player Russian Hall of Fame.