Chicago Blackhawks – Road continued for Panarin

Chicago, IL — Yesterday the official word came down that the Chicago Blackhawks and Artemi Panarin agreed on a 2 year (bridge) contract that keeps him in a Chicago Blackhawks sweater til 2019. Who won this deal?

Chicago Blackhawks, NHL and hockey fans did. It means we all get to see this phenomenal talent continue on his journey.

We get to see what he and his line mates, country-man Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane can continue to create going forward and that should make all hockey fans happy.

I for one was overjoyed. Thanks Stan Bowman for once again finding ways to make things work, Thanks Artemi Panarin’s agent Tom Lynn for assisting in working this out.

Thanks Artemi Panarin for so many things. Chicago I think fell in love with you the moment we saw your unique talents on ice of which there are many.

Taking what is a home town discount just makes Chicago love you more and with comments like “I like everything about the team and environment here. You can’t earn all the money in the world.” will endear you to Chicago forever. 1 Too see the entire Panarin interview go to Chicago Blackhawks site BHTV.

It is refreshing to see and hear someone who is not all about money grabs. It also is a smart move for both the organization and Panarin.

Panarin is a smart guy he understands that this team is cash strapped with the cap and if the team is going to continue to achieve success they need certain players in place to do so.

In the long run Artemi will get a huge payday as he continues to just get better. We forget he is still developing and learning North American style hockey.

Who knows how high this kid can go. He is currently sitting in 5th in the entire NHL in points behind Malkin, Tarasenko, Crosby and McDavid.

Now that is impressive. The guy has only been here 18 months and had to adjust to a new style of hockey, rules, language, culture and everything this fast is mind blowing.

Maybe the difference from Russian style hockey to North American style isn’t that much after all at least not for special players. To be a point per game player in the NHL is really stunning and something I don’t think anyone expected, well maybe Panarin did.

Of all the great things he does on ice and his remarkable stats what has really caught my attention was his intangibles and why he fits so well with the Blackhawks.

Those intangibles are character, discipline, sacrifice and simply wanting to be the best. These attributes got him here and I have no doubt when all is said and done he may very well end up with the same numbers statistically as Patrick Kane.

Like the other core players on the Blackhawks that drive to be the best and win is also very much instilled in Panarin which is why I can’t think of a better NHL team for him to be a part of.

What a coo for the Blackhawks, I doubt they ever thought they would find another Patrick Kane not with where they are drafting from and yet they did from a place no one would have guessed.

Personally I never heard of Korkino, Russia until Artemi Panarin came to the Hawks. Korkino is a small town in Russia located by the Ural Mountains.  Now I will never forget Korkino.

Panarin is a long way from home but then again maybe not.

For hockey players home is on the ice, any ice,  be it in a rink or on a pond and now even in the middle of a desert like Las Vegas. From day one Panarin  was home at the United Center  just playing hockey. We here in Chicago are lucky enough to see him play and just enjoy his talents.

We are already spoiled with all the talents on the Blackhawks but to get to see him with Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov is just surreal what they can do is just magical.

There are so many similarities between him and Patrick Kane not in just how they play and see the game but in their backgrounds. Both were told many times they were too small to play competitive hockey. Thank the Lord they stuck with it.

Recently Russian TV MAT4 did a documentary on Panarin and his path to NHL, which in itself is the material for a movie or at the very least a book.

His story is just incredible with all the things he and his family had to overcome to get to the NHL and he’s only 25 years old and still writing chapters in his life.

As a side note I absolutely love his grandfather and grandmother. I hope they get to come to Chicago and get to see Artemi play one day and how fast and skilled he is and this team is.

Here are the links to YouTube documentary with English subtitles 2:

part 1

Part 2

part 3

If you watch this you will see it was not an easy road but then again the path to being great never is.

It’s nice to see that Artemi Panarin is finally getting to reap some of the rewards of all his hard work and sacrifices he and his family made to get him here at the pinnacle of the hockey world.

Congratulation Artemi it is well earned and deserved. Enjoy.

The only thing that would make this a complete Rocky type movie is the Chicago Blackhawks need to win another Stanley Cup and Artemi getting to raise it.

I don’t think there has ever been a player that has won both a Gagarin Cup and Stanley Cup as a player.

I know Mike Keenan did as a Coach for the NY Rangers in the NHL  and Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL but I do not believe there has ever been a player to do it.

Somehow I have a feeling that Artemi Panarin may accomplish this feat. His accomplishments are limitless and as a hockey fan and a Chicago Blackhawks fan I’d love nothing more than to see that dream made reality in an Indianhead jersey.


  1. taken from interview on BHTV
  2. taken from YouTube documentary done for Russian TV MAT4



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