Five former teammates of Artemi Panarin now told The Post that they have never heard of the assault allegations leveled against the Rangers star winger by their former KHL coach.
Andrei Najarov, who coached the 2011–12 Waitaz team, recently told a Russian tabloid that Panarin had beaten an 18-year-old Latvian girl after a road accident in December 2011.
Maxim Seitnikov, who played just two games with the Vitaez in 2011–12, but said he often practiced with an active roster during that season, The Post said he had never played with his teammates and a hotelier. A physical dispute between a woman at the bar was not heard of. Riga, Latvia.
“There was no such thing!” Said Citikov coaches 12-year-olds in Yaroslavl, Russia, the post was accessed via Facebook post Messenger.
“[Artemi] Panarin is a good person, friend and teammate! [Artemi] Now the star is a big star and the fiery player he plays, his villains will stick in his wheels and say all kinds of nonsense! “
The former Russian forward also played with Panyren on the Russian Knights of MKHL, which appears to be a Vitaz farm.
Sitanikov, who retired from hockey due to a shoulder injury, said that people like Panarin “can be counted in one hand.”
“The New York Rangers are very fortunate to have such a player,” he said.
Seitnikov, 28, is Pannerin’s latest ex-partner during the 2011–12 KHL season, when Nazarov claims the change was alleged to have told The Post that he had not heard of any such incident .
Another teammate Mikhail Ansin told the Russian outlet Sports-Express on Wednesday that an incident occurred in Riga, Latvia in 2011, involving Panarin, but it did not play out the way Nazarov was portrayed Was.
“Artemi didn’t beat anyone, maybe pushed a girl a little, and nothing else,” Ansin told Sports-Express.
Ansin also said that the police team had come to the hotel, but left after the charges of the crime were not fixed. He also disputed Nazarov’s claim about being paid by the police, noting that the players did not have that type of money at the time.
Reached by phone on Tuesday, John Mirsty called the allegations of his former coach a “mess” in the wake of Panarin’s outspokenness against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime. Panarin has publicly shown support for Russian opposition Alexei Navalny, as recently as last month.
Nazarov, who made the allegations in an interview with Russian publication Komsomolskaya Pravda, is a Putin loyalist and has asked Russian players to go to jail whether they should speak out against the country.
Former Canadian winger Mirasta told The Post, “I’m pretty sure I would have heard something like that, you know, one of the old veteran players out there.” “I didn’t hear anything like that, so I was kind of blown away. I am not saying clearly that this did not happen, but if I believe, [it didn’t happen]. And why is it leaving after 10 years? “
In a statement to ESPN, KHL said it had “not received or received a complaint regarding an incident involving Panarin in December 2011.”
The league also said that if it had received a complaint, it would have investigated “as we take seriously any allegations of misconduct according to ESPN”.
Kip Brennan, a Canadian winger who spent parts of five seasons in the NHL and played three games for the Islanders in 2007-08, The Post on Facebook Messenger said he “never knows or hears it ever happened.” . “
“He was a great guy, he was hilarious in the locker room,” Brennan said. “He always worked on his English with the North American people and was a very talented young player.”
Two other former Wetz teammates, who requested to remain anonymous, agreed on the situation with Mirasti and Brennan’s stance.