The NHL stood up for Russian New York Rangers striker Artemy Panarin after accusing the hockey player of allegedly hitting a girl in 2011.
This was reported by journalist Dan Rosen from the organization’s press service on his Twitter page.
“We support the Rangers and Artemy and are monitoring the development of events,” the notice says.
Earlier on February 22, it was reported that Panarin had left the team’s location because of the charges. As if it became famous, the athlete allegedly stopped by an 18-year-old visitor to a bar in Riga in 2011.
The ex-coach of Vityaz Andrei Nazarov told Komsomolskaya Pravda about this, under whose leadership Panarin played at that time. Nazarov explained the absence of criminal persecution with the intercession of authoritative residents of Riga. The Rangers also commented on the publication of Komsomolskaya Pravda, considering it an attempt to put pressure on the forward, famous for criticizing Russian wills.
Panarin has been playing in the NHL since 2015. In July 2019, the hockey player signed a 7-year contract with the Rangers, according to which he should receive $ 81.5 million. Panarin now portrays the highest-paid Russian in the league.