Chris Panek Obituary – Chris Panek, the latest champ of the J. Michael Duffett Award introduced by the Buffalo Sabers, has kicked the bucket out of nowhere. He was 53.
In February, the Bishop Timon-St. Jude graduate was the 35th beneficiary of the Duffett Award, introduced every year to a person for commitments to novice hockey.
A Buffalo local and occupant, Panek was an associate mentor at his Bishop Timon-St. Jude at the hour of his demise. His child, Cooper Panek, is overseer of hockey activities at the South Buffalo school.
Dynamic from various perspectives in the nearby beginner and youth hockey scene, Panek was a player, mentor and Ontario Junior Hockey League game authority. As a mentor, he created numerous players, including three who proceeded to play in the National Hockey League – Tim Kennedy, Chris Mueller and Mike Ratchuk.
Panek had likewise filled in as a radio expert for Canisius College hockey communicates.
The Los Angeles Kings chose Panek in the 1987 NHL Supplemental Draft After a professional playing vocation in the ECHL and American Hockey League, he became lead trainer at Bishop Timon-St. Jude, where his groups posted a 101-40-22 record and won one state title in six seasons. He additionally was an associate mentor with the Buffalo Jr. Sabers and other beginner and youth groups. He was a long-term representative of Wegmans.
The Duffett Award is given in memory of a previous mentor with the Buffalo Bisons and the Amherst Hockey Association. A champion player at Nichols School and Clarkson University (1963-64), Duffett worked in the Sabers’ hockey division under Scotty Bowman and Roger Neilson at the hour of his demise following a fight with malignancy. The Sabers set up the J. Michael Duffett Award in 1984.