New York Rangers origins: the Artemi Panarin leg kick celebration

Rangers superstar Artemi Panarin took over the team’s Twitter feed earlier this season to speak to the Blueshirt Faithful. He answered questions about signing with the Blueshirts, to where his “Rockette” leg kick celebration came from, here’s the best of the Q&A.

Favorite Moments and Goals

When Panarin finished inking his deal, the first Ranger to call him was an old friend, Ryan Strome. The Breadman talked about some of his favorite moments, and how he loves winning games at the Garden. So far, the most memorable moment for him as a Ranger was opening night.

When it comes to his favorite goal, it was a wicked backhand against Detroit that he loves most. According to Artemi, his leg kick celebration almost killed the ref.

Where Does That Leg Kick Come From?

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Panarin leg kick celebration (Sarah Stier/AP)

After answering a question on what Chris Kreider tells him in Russian, which was basically just swear words, he dished on the leg kick celebration.

The leg kick might also be out of his love for MMA, but he has put the moves on a few times on his Instagram. Kick away Artemi!

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