Yesterday, during the NHL match between the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins, there was a scandal involving 30-year-old Russian hockey player Artemiy Panarin. He distinguished himself not only on the ice, having thrown the winning puck into the opponents' goal (the match ended with a score of 5: 2), but also outside it. While on the bench, Artemy threw a glove at his Canadian rival Brad Marshand, for which he was fined five thousand dollars.
As it turned out, the reason for the act of the Russian hockey player was Marchand's insulting words about Russia. Panarin himself did not begin to tell that the opponent shouted at him, but Brad, who is known for his provocations, commented on the conflict:
I said that nobody in Russia likes him. If that can freak out, then we have the softest league in the world. Sometimes, during matches, you can be much harsher. If he whines because of this, then so be it,
– he noted.
Russian fans supported Panarin, and commentator Dmitry Guberniev launched a flash mob on Instagram in support of him – #fromRussiawithGlove (“From Russia with a glove”), which is actively gaining momentum.
In the video, Guberniev throws a glove into the camera and calls on to support the Russian hockey player:
I love hockey! This is a sport where you will not find a coward. It’s not for nothing that they say that cowards don’t play hockey!
Artemy Panarin is the highest paid Russian in the NHL. He has been in the National Hockey League for six years. In interviews, he often speaks about Russia – either with a patriotic attitude, or with criticism of the authorities, and his phrases are always discussed for a long time on the network because of the special emotionality, which, according to the athlete's fans, differs from other hockey players.