The assertion refers to a report from Russian tabloid newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda wherein a former coach of Panarin’s alleges that Panarin assaulted a girl in a Latvian bar in 2011.
“Artemi vehemently and unequivocally denies any and all allegations in this fabricated story,” Rangers officers stated within the assertion. “This is clearly an intimidation tactic being used against him for being outspoken on recent political events.”
The Rangers stated Panarin, 29, is a goal for intimidation on account of his political beliefs, which have been important of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
CNN has reached out to the Kremlin for remark.
NHL.com reported that the league “said it is supportive of Panarin and the Rangers, and it will continue to monitor the situation.” The website didn’t quote anyone on the NHL by identify.
The NHL has not responded to CNN’s request for remark however has retweeted the Rangers’ assertion. CNN has reached out to Panarin’s agent, Paul Theofanous, for remark.
In six seasons, the left wing has scored 153 targets and had 280 assists.
Panarin has performed for 3 NHL groups — the Rangers, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Chicago Blackhawks. He was chosen the league’s high rookie in 2016 and has twice been chosen an all-star at season’s finish.
Before enjoying within the NHL he was a member of Russian groups within the Kontinental Hockey League, which additionally has groups in Belarus, China, Finland, Kazakhstan and Latvia.