<p><b>Patrick:</b> Wow, the stars are beautiful.<p/><b>Artemi:</b> Yeah, they are.<p/><b>Patrick:</b> You wanna know who else is beautiful?<p/><b>Artemi:</b> *blushes* Who?<p/><b>Patrick:</b> Jonny.<p/></p>
You know, lately I started talking to Coach Q in English! In broken English, to be honest (laughs). I was even trying to joke. Well, I was just pretending to be funny. So it’s fine! I like him, I like the demands he places on me. I understand what he wants from players, from me, personally. I’m happy with having him as my coach. I remember I had an injury during my first days in a training camp, so I wasn’t training. I did like one workout, and my injury got worse, so I wasn’t playing again. Coach Q gave an interview later where he said he thinks I’ll be fine. I read it, and I started worrying less. The fact that I wasn’t training and couldn’t really prove myself was making me nervous. Joel did reassure me. I started feeling more confident.
About Kane? I got along with him from the very first day. We were working together pretty well. After my recovery I started playing right away. We’re not a perfect duo, I mean, we argue sometimes like everyone else. One day we’re enemies, another - best friends. If the game is going well we’re cool, but when it’s not we’re “biting and scratching” each other on the bench. Of course, I’m happy with having an opportunity to learn from a player like Patrick every day. If you want to be the best you must surround yourself with the best people.
Everyone loves Artemi; angry Artemi, happy Artemi or drunk Artemi - at this point he could turn into Serial Killer Artemi and everyone would still be like ‘Oh my God, Artemi has the most boyish smile!’
"Want to know how Breadman collected 300$ from Patrick Kane?"
Reporter:Artemi, everyone wants to know: did you watch the World Junior Championship?
Artemi Panarin:Yes. But I didn't watch the final, to be honest, only highlights, later. I lost a $300 bet to Kane! Luckily I got them back! I correctly guessed the final score in the game against US.
Reporter:So you didn't lose any money?
Artemi Panarin:Exactly! I haven't always had a chance to watch games. But Russian guys played really well. I'm very happy for them. Our coach Valeriy Nikolaevich Bragin did a great job! He knows how to find the "right" guys and how to put a team together. Good play!
Reporter:Pretty much every Hawks fan have already noticed that you and Patrick often "fight" on the bench. Over what?
Artemi Panarin:It happens, if the game is not going the way we want it to go. We are yelling at each other, dividing the puck, and what annoys me the most is the fact that my English is not letting me say the words I want to, be sarcastic, you know. *Artemi is laughing* But seriously, we argue not that often.
Reporter:Have you learnt anything from Kane so far?
Artemi Panarin:I'm not sure if I'm a good student. Everyone knows that Kane is one of the best players of the league.
Reporter:You and Patrick are great duo!
Artemi Panarin:We speak the same language, I mean, we have alike vision of the game. Me and him immediately got along. I knew that Kane was a great player long before I played with him for the first time.
Reporter:Do you sometimes feel like you pass to Patrick too much?
Artemi Panarin:Maybe... *He made a serious face* But he always tells me that I don't pass to him it at all!
“He has that smile and that sparkle in his eye,” Chicago general manager Stan Bowman said. “His English is improving, he still has the broken English, but he has a smile on his face. I think that was the thing for me. He’s got the personality.” x