| 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
220 lb (100 kg)
| NHL Team|
| Carolina Hurricanes|
Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Toronto Maple Leafs
Los Angeles Kings(NHL)
Khimik Moscow Oblast (RSL)
St. John's Maple Leafs (AHL)
Dynamo Moscow (RSL)
Krylya Sovetov (RHL)
|Born|| April 9 1980,|
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
|NHL Draft|| 87th overall, 1998|
Toronto Maple Leafs
|Pro Career||1998 – present|
Oleksiy Volodymyrovych "Alexei" Ponikarovsky (Russian: Алексей Владимирович Поникаровский; born April 9, 1980) is a Ukrainian Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Ponikarovsky played for Dynamo 2 and Dynamo Jr., farm teams during 1995–99 campaigns, seeing a little action with the main club during the 1998–99 season and finally becoming a fixture on the team during the 1999–00 season when Dynamo won the Russian Superleague Championship.
In 1997–98, Ponikarovsky played 24 games for Dynamo Moscow in the First Division of the Russian Hockey League collecting three points with 30 penalty minutes. He then played 13 games for Krylya Sovetov of the Russian Elite League in 1998–99 and played three playoff games for Moscow Dynamo.
In 1999–00, Ponikarovsky played 19 games for Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Elite League and played 29 games for THK Tver in the First Division of the Russian Hockey League collecting 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) with 26 penalty minutes.
In the 2005–06 NHL season, Ponikarovsky put up career highs in goals, assists. points, and penalty minutes. He saw added responsibility and was given more ice-time, often with former Dynamo Moscow teammate Nik Antropov or Mats Sundin, and became one of the team's regular penalty-killers. Ponikarovsky finished the season with four shorthanded goals and 1 assist. His four shorthanded goals tied ten players, including teammate Matt Stajan, for eighth in the league.
On December 16, 2006, Ponikarovsky notched a career high five points in Toronto's 9-2 victory of the New York Rangers, scoring two goals and assisting on three others. He is commonly referred to by his teammates as "The Poni Express", "The Ukraine Train" or simply "Poni". On May 10, 2007, the Maple Leafs re-signed Ponikarovsky to a $6.315 million, 3 year contract.
On March 2, 2010, Ponikarovsky was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Luca Caputi and Martin Skoula. Following the trade, he remained optimistic he would resume contract talks with Toronto in the off-season. In his debut game with the Penguins on March 6, 2010 against the Dallas Stars, he scored his first goal with his new team.
On July 27, 2010, Ponikarovsky signed with the Los Angeles Kings, receiving a signing bonus of $200,000 and a one-year contract for $3M.
On July 1, 2011, Ponikarovsky signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes reportedly worth $1.5 million.
Off the iceEdit
On June 7, 2007 Ponikarovsky became a Canadian citizen during a ceremony in Etobicoke, Ontario. Ponikarovsky lives in Toronto with his wife Inna, daughter Jessica, and sons Alex and Maxim. He has favored wearing the number 23 as two of his grandparents were born on the 23rd, along with his wife.
|2000–01||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||22||1||3||4||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||49||12||24||36||44||4||0||0||0||4|
|2001–02||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||72||21||27||48||19||5||2||1||3||8|
|2001–02||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||8||2||0||2||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||63||24||22||46||68||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||13||0||3||3||11||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||73||9||19||28||44||13||1||3||4||8|
|2004–05||Khimik Moscow Oblast||RSL||19||1||5||6||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||81||21||17||38||68||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||71||21||24||45||63||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||66||18||17||35||36||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||82||23||38||61||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||61||19||22||41||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||61||5||10||15||36||4||1||0||1||0|
- ↑ Tom, Godfrey. "Leaf now a Canadian", CANOE sports, 2007-06-08. Retrieved on 2007-06-19.
- ↑ "Leafs' Ponikarovsky signs extension", Canadian Press, 2007-05-10. Retrieved on 2007-07-19. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29.
- ↑ Leafs trade Ponikarovsky to Penguins for Skoula, Caputi. TSN. Retrieved on 2010-03-02.
- ↑ Alexei Ponikarovsky: "Fedotenko said:" Ready to win the Stanley Cup? " (5 March 2010). Retrieved on 16 March 2010.
- ↑ NHL Free Agent Tracker. The Sports Network. Retrieved on 1 July 2011.
- ↑ http://downloads.kings.nhl.com/emag/1011/index.html
- Russian Prospects profile
- Alexei Ponikarovsky's NHL player profile
- Alexei Ponikarovsky's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
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