Artemi Panarin
Born 30 October 1991 (1991-10-30) (age 28),
Korkino, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
5 ft 11 in (0 m)
170 lb (77 kg; 12)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
F. teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Vityaz Chekhov
Ak Bars Kazan
SKA Saint Petersburg
Ntl. team Flag of Russia.png Russia
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present

Artemi Sergeyevich Panarin (Russian: Артемий Сергеевич Панарин; ; born 30 October 1991) is a Russian professional ice hockey winger currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Early life[edit | edit source]

Panarin was born and raised in Korkino. He developed an early interest in ice skating.[1] His maternal grandfather, a former amateur hockey player, encouraged Panarin to play hockey when he was five years old.[2] He helped train Panarin and would often drive him to hockey tournaments in Tyumen.[2] Panarin attended the Traktor Ice Hockey school in Chelyabinsk, where he trained six days a week for six months a year.[2]

Playing career[edit | edit source]

KHL[edit | edit source]

Panarin was not selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and began his professional hockey career in the Kontinental Hockey League with HC Vityaz.[3] Midway through the 2012–13 season, Panarin was traded by Vityaz after producing 18 points in 40 games to SKA Saint Petersburg in exchange for a draft pick on 31 January 2013.[4] Panarin tallied 26 goals and 62 points in 54 appearances for St. Petersburg during the 2014–15 season. He played a significant role in the team's championship run, registering 20 points in 20 postseason games.[5] He was named to the KHL first all-star team in 2014–15.[6]

NHL[edit | edit source]

Panarin signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on 29 April 2015.[7] He scored his first career NHL goal against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers in the first game for the Blackhawks.[8] On 17 February 2016, Panarin scored his first career NHL hat trick against the New York Rangers.[9] Panarin appeared in 80 games for the Blackhawks during the 2015–16 season, during which he recorded 30 goals and 47 assists. He led all rookies with 77 points, which also ranked within top ten among all skaters for the season.[10] 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 success.[11]

Panarin scored his first NHL playoff goal in game two of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs against the St. Louis Blues on 15 April.[12] During the playoffs, he had a total of seven points.[13] Panarin was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top rookie, at the 2016 NHL Awards on 22 June.[14] Panarin was also awarded the 2015–16 Kharlamov Trophy, given to the best professional Russian hockey player by the Russian Hall of Fame.[15] He also earned a $2.55 million bonus as part of his contract for finishing the season in the top ten among forwards in scoring.[16]

On 9 November, Panarin recorded his first Gordie Howe hat trick.[17]

On 28 December, the Blackhawks and Panarin agreed to a two-year extension worth $12 million.[18][19]

International play[edit | edit source]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for Flag of Russia.png Russia
World Championships
Silver 2015 Czech Republic
Bronze 2016 Russia
World Junior Championships
Gold 2011 United States

Junior[edit | edit source]

Panarin was part of the Russian men's under 20 team that won a gold medal at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Russia was trailing Canada 3-0 in third period of the championship game. With 17:27 left on the clock in the third period Panarin would make it 3-1, igniting a comeback. With 4:38 left in the game he would go on to score the game winner, on route to a 5-3 win. This is considered the greatest comeback victory in the history of World Junior Championships, trailing 3-0 after two periods in the gold medal game, to win 5-3.

Senior[edit | edit source]

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

Panarin's was selected to the top senior squad for Russia's hockey team in the 2015 IIHF World Championship, earning a silver medal. He recorded up 10 points in 10 games. He also played in the 2016 IIHF World Championship, where Russia earned a bronze medal. Early in the tournament coach Oleg Znarok formed a highly productive line of Panarin (six goals and nine assists) and his former SKA Saint Petersburg teammates Vadim Shipachyov (six goals and 12 assists) and Evgenii Dadonov (six goals and seven assists). The Panarin, Shipachyov, and Dadonov finished as the top three scorers of the tournament.[20]

Panarin represented Russia at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.[21]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

    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
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
NHL totals 162 61 90 151 53 11 2 6 8 14
KHL totals 263 76 107 183 170 42 7 22 29 6


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Russia WJC 1 7 3 2 5 4
2015 Russia WC Silver medal icon.svg 10 5 5 10 4
2016 Russia WC Bronze medal icon.svg 10 6 9 15 4
Junior totals 7 3 2 5 4
Senior totals 20 11 14 25 8

Awards and achievements[edit | edit source]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Panarin moved to the United States in August 2015 after joining the Chicago Blackhawks. Panarin 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.[22] His fellow Russian teammates, Viktor Tikhonov, who briefly played with the Blackhawks in 2015, and Artem Anisimov also helped Panarin understand English while playing hockey.[23] Panarin was affectionately nicknamed the "Bread Man", a reference to the Panera Bread restaurant chain, by his teammates and coaches on the Blackhawks.[24]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Seren Rosso, Alessandro. "Hockey Family Tales: Artemi Panarin", The Hockey Writers, 2016-09-06. Retrieved on 2016-12-29. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "PANARIN’S GRANDFATHER: KORKINO CITY DREAMS ABOUT THE STANLEY CUP", Russian Ice Hockey, 2016-03-04. Retrieved on 2016-12-29. 
  3. Morreale, Mike. "Blackhawks' Panarin early leader for Calder Trophy", NHL, 2015-11-24. Retrieved on 2016-05-03. 
  4. "Panarin moved to SKA" (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League (2013-01-31). Retrieved on 2013-01-31.
  5. Clinton, Jared. "KHL standout Artemi Panarin to sign with Blackhawks, but it’s NHL or bust", The Hockey News, 2016-04-30. Retrieved on 2016-05-03. 
  6. "Artemi Panarin". Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  7. Neveau, James. "Blackhawks Sign Russian Standout Artem Panarin", NBC Chicago, 2015-04-29. Retrieved on 2016-12-29. 
  8. "BLACKHAWKS: ARTEMI PANARIN LOCKS IN FIRST GOAL OF 2015-16 SEASON", Comcast SportsNet Chicago, 2015-10-07. Retrieved on 2016-05-03. 
  9. Kuc, Chris. "Artemi Panarin hat trick lifts Blackhawks to 5-3 victory over Rangers", Chicago Tribune, 2016-02-17. Retrieved on 2016-05-03. 
  10. Leahy, Sean. "Calder Trophy Finalists: Gostisbehere vs. McDavid vs. Panarin", Yahoo! Sports, 2016-05-02. Retrieved on 2016-05-03. 
  11. "Kane to be first American to win Art Ross Trophy",, 2016-04-09. Retrieved on 2016-05-03. 
  12. Korac, Louie. "Keith helps Blackhawks tie series with Blues",, 2016-04-15. Retrieved on 2016-12-29. 
  13. Hawley, Larry. "Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin named a finalist for the NHL’s Calder Trophy", WGN, 2016-05-02. Retrieved on 2016-05-03. 
  14. Artemi Panarin wins Calder Trophy. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 22 June 2016.
  15. Roumeliotis, Charlie. "BLACKHAWKS' ARTEMI PANARIN NAMED BEST RUSSIAN PLAYER IN 2015-16", CSN Chicago, 2016-08-20. Retrieved on 2016-08-21. 
  16. Lazerus, Mark. "Bowman on Panarin’s bonus: ‘We were certainly rooting for him’", Chicago Sun-Times, 2016-04-13. Retrieved on 2016-12-29. 
  17. Panarin’s Hands: Gordie Howe hat trick helps Blackhawks beat Blues (November 10, 2016). Retrieved on November 12, 2016.
  18. "Blackhawks ink Panarin to two-year extension", The Sports Network (TSN), 2016-12-28. Retrieved on 2016-12-28. 
  19. Powers, Scott. "Breaking news: Artemi Panarin, Blackhawks agree to contract extension", The Athletic, 2016-12-28. Retrieved on 2016-12-28. 
  20. Gao, Emerald. "World Championship: Pokka earns silver, Panarin claims bronze",, 2016-05-22. Retrieved on 2016-05-22. 
  21. Ossipov, Vassili. "Youthful boost likely for Team Russia",, 2016-02-11. Retrieved on 2016-08-20. 
  22. Artemi Panarin adapting well to life in America, and the NHL.
  23. Larkin, Matt. "KHL exodus: Viktor Tikhonov, Artemi Panarin to play in NHL next season?", The Hockey News, 2015-02-10. Retrieved on 2016-05-03. 
  24. Hine, Chris. "Blackhawks rookie Artemi 'Bread Man' Panarin is quickly on the rise", Chicago Tribune, 2015-10-08. Retrieved on 2016-05-03. 

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Winner of the Calder Trophy
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