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Meet Artemi Panarin

10/15/2015 at 10:09am EDT

From TSN's Frank Seravalli:

Blackhrawks breakout rookie Artemi Panarin is quickly learning about life in the United States, with help from teammate and sherpa Viktor Tikhonov.

Panarin can now venture out in downtown Chicago and go shopping on his own without getting lost.

“Please. Shirt. Medium,” are three important words Tikhonov imparted on Panarin.

“The first week, it was a bit of a hand-holding experience,” said Tikhonov, who is named after his grandfather, the famous Soviet coach. “He’s tried to do stuff on his own. I taught him how to work the Uber app, so he uses that to get to the rink.”

Panarin knows only a few words of English. But his limited vocabulary hasn’t stopped him from capturing the attention of the Blackhawks with one-liners.

When asked by reporters for his favorite phrase, Panarin shot back: “What the (bleep)!”

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