Rangers Star Artemi Panarin, Who Slammed Putin, on Leave After Russian ‘Intimidation,’ Team Says


NHL star Artemi Panarin is taking a leave of absence after his former coach accused him of beating up an 18-year-old girl in a Russian bar in 2011.

On Monday, the former Kontinental Hockey League coach told Russian media that the New York Ranger forward “had sent an 18-year-old citizen of Latvia to the floor with several powerful blows.” News of his leave was first reported by the New York Post.

The Rangers described the piece as an “intimidation tactic” over Panarin’s outspoken criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Artemi vehemently and unequivocally denies any and all allegations in this fabricated story,” the Rangers said in a Monday statement. “Artemi is obviously shaken and concerned and will take some time away from the team. The Rangers fully support Artemi and will work with him to identify the source of these unfounded allegations.”





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