In case you missed it, Arizona Coyotes forward Richard Panik was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona yesterday for trespassing after refusing to leave a bar when he was allegedly deemed too intoxicated by the bar’s serving staff.
Get a load of his mug shot:
The former Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning player allegedly refused to leave before things escalated into an argument. Eventually, the police were called and Panik was taken away in handcuffs. The kicker in all this? It all happened before 9pm. Again… allegedly.
Wait... so Panik was out of his mind drunk, arguing with the wait staff and it wasn’t even 9pm yet?! Oh man… what is this? High school again? All kidding aside, it's sad to hear news like this. Clearly the guy is a little out of control.
Here’s the full news release from ABC 15 in Scottsdale, Arizona:
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - An Arizona Coyotes hockey player was arrested in Scottsdale.
Scottsdale police said 27-year-old Richard Panik was arrested for trespassing. The hockey player reportedly refused to leave the entrance of Bevvy, near Scottsdale and Camelback roads on April 8 at 8:50 p.m.
According to police, Panik appeared to be intoxicated during his contact with officers.
Panik was booked into Scottsdale City Jail for criminal trespass and later released with a criminal citation.
The 27-year-old played 37 games during the 2017-2018 season with the Chicago Blackhawks before being traded to the Arizona Coyotes. He played 35 games with Arizona.
The Arizona Coyotes released the following statement to ABC15: “We are aware of the incident and are still gathering information as it pertains to the situation. We will have no further comment at the present time.”
The 27 year old Panik had 8 goals and 19 points in 35 games for the Coyotes this season after being acquired from the Blackhawks in a midseason trade for youngster Anthony Duclair. He topped the 20 goal plateau with the Blackhawks last season for the first time in his NHL career and had formerly played with the Leafs and Lightning franchise after being selected in the 2nd round (52nd overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Lighntning.