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Richard Panik
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Born February 7, 1991 (1991-02-07) (age 28)
Martin, Slovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia
NHL Draft 52nd overall, 2009
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2007–present

Richard Pánik (born February 7, 1991) is a Slovak professional ice hockey right winger for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was drafted in the second round (52nd overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Playing CareerEdit

Junior Playing CareerEdit

Richard played two years professionally for Oceláři Třinec of the Czech Extraliga before being drafted. After being drafted 52nd overall in 2009 by the Tampa Bay Lightning, he attended the team's training camp in preparation for the 2009–10 season.

Richard was ultimately cut from training camp, whereupon he joined the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Later that season, Richard played for Slovakia at the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships where he scored two goals and three assists in five games.

On January 5, 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 return for Philipp Grubauer, Marc Cantin and Stephen Johnson.

Professional Playing CareerEdit

Turning professional in 2011–12, Richard 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.

He also helped the Admirals captured 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 Richard (as well as 17 others) to the Syracuse Crunch, the Lightning's new AHL affiliate for the 2012–13 season.

On February 11, 2013, several weeks after NHL play had resumed, the Lightning recalled Richard where he later scored his first career NHL goal on February 23, 2013 against Dan Ellis of the Carolina Hurricanes in a 5–2 victory.

On March 1, 2013, the Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned Richard 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, Richard had played in 43 games with the Crunch, recording 21 goals and 35 points, including an AHL-high 12-game point streak from November 2 through December 1, 2013, with 17. He then helped Syracuse reach the Calder Cup Final, though the team fell to the Grand Rapids Griffins in a 4–2 series defeat.

Richard 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, he was demoted on January 24, 2014, to Syracuse.

Several months later, on March 5, Tampa Bay again recalled Richard 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 July 11, 2014, Richard 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 October 9, 2014.

On October 25, 2014, he scored his first goal as a Maple Leaf in a 4–1 loss to the visiting Boston Bruins.

Richard experienced a breakout season in Toronto, setting career-highs in games played (76), goals scored (11) and points (17). Following this noteworthy campaign,

On July 1, 2015, he signed a one-year, $925,000 contract with the Maple Leafs.

Richard 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 October 6th, 2015.

Having reached the maximum roster size, Richard was placed on waivers with the purpose of being sent down to the Toronto Marlies. He cleared waivers the following day.

On January 3, 2016, after playing 32 games with the Marlies, he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Jeremy Morin.

On June 15, 2016, Richard signed a one-year contract to remain with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Oceláři Třinec Czech 6 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Oceláři Třinec Czech 15 1 1 2 4 4 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Windsor Spitfires OHL 33 9 9 18 19
2009–10 Belleville Bulls OHL 27 12 11 23 36
2009–10 Norfolk Admirals AHL 5 0 1 1 0
2010–11 Belleville Bulls OHL 27 14 17 31 33
2010–11 Guelph Storm OHL 24 13 12 25 42 6 1 2 3 10
2011–12 Norfolk Admirals AHL 64 19 22 41 62 18 5 1 6 23
2012–13 Syracuse Crunch AHL 51 22 19 41 81 16 9 5 14 59
2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 25 5 4 9 4
2013–14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 50 3 10 13 21 2 0 0 0 4
2013–14 Syracuse Crunch AHL 13 3 8 11 8
2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 11 6 17 49
2015–16 Toronto Marlies AHL 33 9 16 25 34
2015–16 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 30 6 2 8 6 6 0 3 3 6
NHL totals 181 25 22 47 80 8 0 3 3 10

International Playing CareerEdit

Richard was selected to play for Slovakia at the 2010 IIHF World Championship, where he recorded two assists and finished a plus-minus rating of +3.

He also represented Slovakia at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi where the nation finished in 11th in the tournament, but he did not record a point.

AccoladesEdit

  • AHL Calder Cup (2011–12)