Former Chicago Blackhawks forward Richard Panik was arrested last week in Arizona for criminal trespassing.
According to an ABC News-15 report, 27-year-old Panik was apprehended around 8:50 p.m. on April 8 after refusing to leave the Scottsdale sports bar Bevy. Police said when they confronted Panik, he appeared intoxicated. He was taken to the Scottsdale City Jail where he was booked for criminal trespassing and later released with a citation, arrest records show.
Panik was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes from Chicago in January. Coyotes officials reportedly said they are investigating the incident.
“We are aware of the incident,” the Coyotes said in a statement, “And we are still gathering information as it pertains to the situation. We will have no further comment at the present time.”
The Blackhawks acquired the six-year NHL veteran from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a trade for minor-league forward Jeremy Morin in January of 2016. Panik’s best season came with the Hawks in 2016-17 when he appeared in all 82 regular-season games and scored 22 goals. But he was traded to Phoenix, along with minor-league center Laurent Dauphin, after failing to get off the mark at the start of the season, scoring just six goals in 37 games. Panik scored eight goals in 35 games with the Coyotes.