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Name: Alexei Ponikarovsky
Number: #23
Position: Left Wing
Date of Birth: April 9, 1980
Birthplace: Kiev,
Ukraine
Drafted: 87th overall
Toronto Maple Leafs
1998
Height: 6'4''
Weight: 220lbs
Hand: Left


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Alexei Ponikarovsky is a professional hockey player playing with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.

CareerEdit

RSL CareerEdit

Ponikarovsky began his professional hockey career by playing for the Dynamo Moscow, one of the premier clubs in Russia. He played for Dynamo 2 and Dynamo Jr., farm teams of Moscow, between 1995 and 1999. In 1997-98, Alexei played 24 games for Moscow Dynamo 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. Ponikarovsky was a member of Moscow during the 1998-99 season, but saw little playing time. He finally become a full-time playing member of the main team during the 1999-2000 season. Alexei played 19 games for Moscow Dynamo 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. Ponikarovsky's main time was spent with Dynamo, as the team ended up winning the Russian Super League Championship with Moscow.

NHL CareerEdit

Ponikarovsky was drafted in the fourth round, 87th overall by the Maple Leafs in the 1998 entry draft. He made his NHL debut in the 2000-2001 season, playing 22 games with the Maple Leafs, scoring one goal and four points. His breakout NHL season did not come until the 2005-2006 season, where 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 Moscow Dynamo 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 one shorthanded assist. His four shorthanded goals tied ten players, including teammate Matt Stajan, for eighth in the league.

On December 16, 2006, Ponikarovsky scored a career high five points in Toronto's 9-2 victory over 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 three-year, $6.315 million contract.

Career StatisticsEdit

Year Gp G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
Regular Season Statistics
2000-2001 22 1 3 4 -1 14 0 0 0 21 4.8
2001-2002 8 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 8 25.0
2002-2003 13 0 3 3 4 11 0 0 0 13 0.0
2003-2004 73 9 19 28 14 44 1 0 2 110 8.2
2004-2005 - - - - - - - - - - -
2005-2006 81 21 17 38 15 68 2 4 3 157 13.4
2006-2007 71 21 24 45 8 63 6 0 1 198 10.6
2007-2008 66 18 17 35 3 36 1 0 1 150 12.0
2008-2009 See 2008-2009 Statistics for current season totals
TOTAL 334 72 83 165 45 236 10 4 8 657 11.0
*Did not play due to labor strike


Year Gp G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
Playoff Statistics
2001-2002 10 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 7 0.0
2003-2004 13 1 3 4 -1 8 0 0 1 23 4.3
TOTAL 13 1 3 4 -1 12 0 0 1 30 3.3




2008-2009 Toronto Maple Leafs Roster
Forwards Nik Antropov Jason Blake Mikhail Grabovski Niklas Hagman Ryan Hollweg
Nikolai Kulemin Brad May Jamal Mayers John Mitchell Dominic Moore
Alexei Ponikarovsky Matt Stajan Lee Stempniak Jeremy Williams
Defencemen Jeff Finger Jonas Frogren Tomas Kaberle Pavel Kubina Luke Schenn
Anton Stralman Mike Van Ryn Ian White
Goaltenders Curtis Joseph Vesa Toskala

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