Name dropping is such an easy way out. Unless it does not work.
Former Blackhawks winger Richard Panik told Arizona police several times that he played for the Coyotes during his April trespassing arrest. We know because TMZ released the video on Wednesday, and it is an embarrassing one.
Panik was arrested on April 8 for refusing to leave the entrance of Bevvy, a champagne bar and cocktail lounge in Scottsdale. Bevvy employees told the police that Panik was so intoxicated when he arrived around 8:50 p.m. that they refused him entry. Clearly, the NHL veteran did not waste time and want to party right away seeing that this took place on the night of April 8, the day after the Coyotes’ season ended.
An officer is heard warning the 27-year-old he was trespassing to which Panik said: “I know my law.”
The officer responded: “OK, you might know your law but I’m a law enforcement officer, so I think I know what I’m talking about.”
Here is the arrest, which is hard not to cringe at when you watch the video, released by TMZ.
Because Panik refused to leave, the officer eventually arrested him and booked him for trespassing.
Asked if he was an Arizona resident, Panik is heard telling police on numerous occasions: “I play for the Coyotes.”
Panik pled guilty to criminal trespass when he appeared in court on Wednesday, according to TMZ. He has reportedly been ordered to complete a diversion program.
Panik, who had 22 goals and 22 assists for Chicago in the 2016-17 season, was traded to Arizona in January in exchange for Anthony Duclair after getting six goals and 10 assists in 37 games.
He managed to record eight goals and 11 assists in 35 games for the Coyotes.
This season will be a new beginning for the Coyotes, who acquired Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk in return for winger Max Domi. The newcomer is hoping to be used down the middle and to boost the offense in Arizona. Let's hope that Panik, who is in the last year of his contract, will have the same attitude going into camp and into the season.
A new beginning and a turn of the page is definitely what he needs to polish off his reputation.