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European Skater
Slovakia
Richard
Panik
POSITION: Right Wing
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 203
LAST CLUB TEAM: Trinec, CZREP
BIRTHDATE: February 7, 1991
MID RANK: 16
HOMETOWN:
FINAL RANK: 13
BORN IN: Martin, SVK
• Panik represented Slovakia at the 2009 World Junior Championships, recording five points (2-3-5) in seven games helping lead Slovakia to a fourth place finish. Beating the U.S. 5-3 is his most memorable hockey moment.

• He also played for Slovakia at the 2008 Under-18 World Championships leading his team in scoring and finishing tied for third overall with 10 points (4-6-10) in six games.

• Panik started to play hockey when he was nine years old -- “the coach, Frantisek Mrukvia, was looking for some new kids for a hockey team in my hometown. He found me at school and then I tried to play and liked it immediately.” He credits Mrukvia for having the most influence on his career for starting him in the game and enabling his career.

• He patterns his game after Washington’s Alex Ovechkin because “he is a great sniper.”

• Panik’s most memorable international hockey moment watched was the World Hockey Championships in Riga, Latvia because of the atmosphere and caliber of players participating.

• His pre-game skate-tying superstition includes tying his left skate before his right skater -- “it brings me happiness in the match”.

FAVORITES

NHL Team: San Jose Sharks
NHL Player: Marian Hossa
Shootout Move: Shot
Movie: The Longest Yard
TV Show: The Simpsons
Actor: Adam Sandler
Music Group: Rise Against
Website: Facebook.com
Pump-up Song: “Slam” by Pendulum
Pre-game meal: Pasta