Richard Pánik (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈɾixaɾt ˈpaːɲik]; born 7 February 1991) is a Slovak professional ice hockey right winger for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). Pánik was drafted in the second round, 52nd overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Panik with the Lightning in 2014
7 February 1991|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)|
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
52nd overall, 2009|
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pánik played two years professionally for Oceláři Třinec of the Czech Extraliga before being drafted in the second round, 52nd overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Pánik attended the Lightning's training camp ahead of the 2009–10 season but was ultimately cut from their roster, after which he joined the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Later that season, Pánik played for Slovakia at the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he scored two goals and three assists in five games.
On 5 January 2010, the Spitfires sent Pánik to the Belleville Bulls in a blockbuster trade, along with Austen Brassard, Steve Gleeson, Paul Bezzo, a second-round pick in 2012, a third-round pick in 2010 and a seventh-round pick in 2012, in exchange for Philipp Grubauer, Marc Cantin and Stephen Johnson.
Turning professional in 2011–12, Pánik was a member of the Norfolk Admirals team that set the longest win streak in professional hockey in North America, winning a record-breaking 28 consecutive victories that season. Pánik also helped the Admirals capture the Calder Cup championship in a 4–0 sweep over the Toronto Marlies.
Due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout that cancelled nearly half of the regular season, Tampa Bay assigned Pánik, as well as 17 others, to the Syracuse Crunch, the Lightning's new AHL affiliate for the 2012–13 season. On 11 February 2013, several weeks after NHL play had resumed, the Lightning recalled Pánik, where he later scored his first career NHL goal on 23 February against Dan Ellis of the Carolina Hurricanes in a 5–2 victory. On 1 March, the Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned Pánik to Syracuse after playing nine games in the NHL, registering one goal from eight shots on net. At the end of the AHL regular season, Pánik had played in 43 games with the Crunch, recording 21 goals and 35 points, including an AHL-high 12-game point streak from 2 November through 1 December 2013, with 17. Pánik then helped Syracuse reach the Calder Cup Final, though the team fell to the Grand Rapids Griffins in a 4–2 series defeat.
Pánik made the 2013–14 Lightning roster out of training camp to begin the regular season. Despite making the team, he saw his playing time dwindle as the season went on, however, and, after struggling to find consistency in his game, was demoted on 24 January 2014, to Syracuse. Several months later, on 5 March, Tampa Bay again recalled Pánik from the Crunch. He finished the regular season with 50 appearances for Tampa Bay, scoring three goals and ten assists for 13 points, in addition to Stanley Cup playoff games played against the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals.
On 11 July 2014, Pánik signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with Tampa Bay. After failing to make the 2014–15 Lightning roster out of training camp, however, he was placed on waivers, where he was then claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs on 9 October 2014. On 25 October, he scored his first goal as a Maple Leaf in a 4–1 loss to the visiting Boston Bruins. Pánik experienced a breakout season in Toronto, setting career-highs in games played (76), goals scored (11) and points (17). Following this noteworthy campaign, on 1 July 2015, Pánik signed a one-year, $925,000 contract with the Maple Leafs.
Pánik was expected to play with the Maple Leafs in the 2015–16 season; however, he was beaten on the depth chart by new additions such as Brad Boyes and P. A. Parenteau. Additionally, the Maple Leafs claimed defenceman Frank Corrado off waivers on 6 October 2015. Having reached the maximum roster size, Pánik was placed on waivers with the purpose of being sent down to the Toronto Marlies. Pánik cleared waivers the following day.
On 3 January 2016, after playing 32 games with the Marlies, Pánik was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Jeremy Morin. He finished the season with the Blackhawks and was re-signed to a one year, $875,000 contract extension. Pánik scored his first career NHL hat-trick against the Nashville Predators on 15 October 2016. Pánik tallied a career-high 22 goals and 22 assists during the 2016–17 season. On 11 May 2017, he signed a two-year extension worth $2.8 million per year with the Blackhawks.
On 1 July 2019, as a free agent from the Coyotes, Pánik left to sign a four-year $11 million contract with the Washington Capitals.
In July 2016, Pánik married his long-time girlfriend, Nikola Kochanová.
In April 2018, Pánik was arrested after refusing to leave the entrance of Bevvy, near Scottsdale, Arizona. He was later released with criminal citation.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
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|2013–14||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||50||3||10||13||21||2||0||0||0||4|
|2014–15||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||76||11||6||17||49||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honoursEdit
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
- Tampa Bay Lightning reassigns right wing Richard Pánik to OHL Windsor
- Richard Pánik, Hockey's Future
- "Spits make blockbuster trade". Windsor Star. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
- Norfolk, Admirals (11 October 2013). "#1: Admirals Win 28 Straight Games; Set Record". Admirals Press Release. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
- Associated, Press (9 June 2012). "Norfolk Admirals win Calder Cup". ESPN NHL. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
- Tampa Bay, Lightning (14 June 2012). "Lightning Enter Into Affiliation Agreement With AHL's Syracuse Crunch". Bolts Report. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
- Tampa Bay, Lightning (14 September 2013). "Lightning Assign 18 Players to Syracuse of the AHL". Lightning News. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
- Tampa Bay, Lightning (11 February 2013). "Lightning Recall Forward Richard Panik From Syracuse". Lightning News. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
- "Lightning 5, Hurricanes 2". Tampa Bay Lightning. 23 February 2013.
- Tampa Bay, Lightning (1 March 2013). "Lightning Reassign Forward Richard Panik to Syracuse of AHL". Lightning News. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
- Axe, Brent (19 June 2013). "Calder Cup Finals: The 2012-'13 Syracuse Crunch won't soon be forgotten even in defeat". Syracuse.com. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
- Fontana, John (30 September 2013). "2013-14 Tampa Bay Lightning Season preview part 6: Line projections and depth". SB Nation Raw Charge. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
- Kramer, Lindsay (24 January 2014). "Tampa Bay Lightning assigns forward Richard Panik to the Syracuse Crunch". Syracuse.com. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
- Kramer, Lindsay (24 January 2014). "Lightning Recall Richard Panik; Reassign Namestnikov to Syracuse". Syracuse.com. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
- Tampa Bay, Lightning (11 July 2014). "Lightning Re-sign Forward Richard Panik". Press Release. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
- The, Canadian Press (25 October 2014). "Maple Leafs beaten by Boston Bruins after emotional pre-game ceremony". Maple Leafs Game Recap. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
- Maple Leafs, Toronto (1 July 2015). "Maple Leafs sign Panik to one-year deal". Press Release. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
- Lance Hornby, Lance (6 October 2015). "Leafs pick up Frank Corrado, waive Richard Pánik". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- Staff, TSN (3 January 2016). "Leafs acquire Morin from Blackhawks". TSN. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- Hine, Chris (6 April 2017). "Despite short-handed loss to Ducks, Blackhawks enter playoffs with scoring depth". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
- "Blackhawks agree to extension with Panik". NHL.com. Chicago Blackhawks. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
- "Blackhawks acquire Duclair and Clendening from Coyotes". Chicago Blackhawks. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- "Capitals sign Richard Panik". Washington Capitals. 1 July 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
- "Panik gets hitched". hotelkastiel.com. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
- "Richard Panik arrest: Arizona Coyotes player arrested in Scottsdale". abc15.com. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
- Associated, Press (9 June 2012). "Norfolk Admirals win Calder Cup". ESPN NHL. Retrieved 18 November 2014.