Alexei Ponikarovsky
HEIGHT: 6' 4"
BIRTHDATE: 04/09/1980
DRAFTED: TOR: 1998-87 overall
Signed as a free agent by Voskresensk (Russia), November 13, 2004. Traded to Pittsburgh by Toronto for Martin Skoula and Luca Caputi, March 2, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, July 27, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, July 1, 2011. Traded to New Jersey by Carolina for Joe Sova and New Jersey's 4th round choice (Jaccob Slavin) in 2012 Entry Draft, January 20, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, July 1, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Donetsk (KHL), September 16, 2012. Traded to New Jersey by Winnipeg for New Jersey's 7th round choice (Brenden Kichton) in 2013 Entry Draft and New Jersey's 4th round choice (Nelson Nogier) in 2014 Entry Draft, February 13, 2013. Signed as a free agent by St. Petersburg (KHL), August 5, 2013.

Alexei and his wife, Inna, have three children: Jessica (9), Alexander (6) and Max (2)… They spend their offseasons in Toronto, and Alexei enjoys fishing… He has been involved with Shoot for the Cure, a campaign of the American and Canadian Spinal Research Organizations… He started playing hockey at age 5 for Sokol Kiev… His favorite hockey player growing up was Wayne Gretzky and he lists Mats Sundin and Joe Nieuwendyk as major influences on his career… Alexei’s favorite movie is The Hangover and favorite television show is Deadliest Catch… His favorite food is olivie, a Russian salad that includes chicken, potatoes, peas and carrots… He enjoys techno and dance music, and likes to play Angry Birds on his iPad… He wears No. 23 because he’s worn it since minor hockey, and his wife, mother and grandfather all have birthdays that fall on the 23rd… Alexei’s favorite teams outside of hockey are Chelsea and Dynamo Kiev, and his favorite athlete is Lance Armstrong… The person he would most like to meet is Vladimir Putin… His favorite former teammate is Nik Antropov… His most memorable hockey moment was reaching the conference finals with Toronto in 2002… His favorite road city is Montreal, and favorite arena is Bell Centre.

2010-11 SEASON
Completed his 10th NHL season and first with Los Angeles, after signing with the Kings as a free agent in July… Earned 15 points (5g, 10a) in 61 games… Los Angeles was 39-16-6 when he was in lineup… Earned a pair of assists at DAL (3/13)… Scored the game-winning goal at DET (3/9)… Registered seven hits at NYR (2/17)… Returned to the lineup on 1/8 after missing six games with a lower-body injury… Had a goal and an assist at NSH (12/18)… Activated from injured reserve on 12/9 after missing 12 games… Suffered an upper body injury vs. NSH (11/6), and was placed on injured reserve on 11/16… Played in his 500th NHL game and netted his first goal as a King at COL (10/23)… Earned his first point with Los Angeles (assist) vs. VAN (10/15)… Longest assist streak: 2 games (10/15-10/20: 0g, 2a; 3/13-3/15: 0g, 3a)… Longest point streak: 2 games (10/15-10/20: 0g, 2a; 3/13-3/15: 0g, 3a)… Multi-assist games: 1 (3/13 at DAL: 0g, 2a)… Multi-point games: 2 (last: 3/13 at DAL: 0g, 2a).

Completed his fourth NHL playoff season, scoring one goal in four games for Los Angeles as the Kings fell to the San Jose Sharks in the first round… Made his Kings playoff debut in Game 1 at SJ (4/14)… Scored his only goal of the postseason in Game 4 vs. SJ (4/21).

Is in his 11th NHL season and first with the Hurricanes… Signed a one-year contract with the Hurricanes on July 1, 2011… Represented Ukraine at the 2002 Winter Olympics, earning two points (1g, 1a) in four games.

1997-98: Had three points (1g, 2a) in 24 games as a 17-year-old with Dynamo Moscow of the Russian League.

1998-99: Skated in 13 games with Krylja Sovetov (Russia), earning three points (2g, 1a).. Appeared in three Russian League playoff games for Dynamo Moscow.

1999-00: Split the year between the Russian League and the Russian second division… Skated in 21 total games on the top level and in the Euro League with Dynamo Moscow.

2000-01: Made his North American professional debut, splitting the season between Toronto in the NHL and St. John’s in the American Hockey League (AHL)… Earned four points (1g, 3a) and 14 penalty minutes in 22 games with the Maple Leafs and 36 points (12g, 24a) and 44 penalty minutes in 49 regular-season games with St. John’s… Made his NHL debut in a 3-1 Toronto loss vs. TB (1/10)… Earned his first NHL point with an assist vs. PHX (1/12), in his second career game… Beat Olaf Kolzig for his first NHL goal at WSH (2/1)… Made his Calder Cup Playoff debut, skating in four games as St. John’s fell to Quebec in the first round.

2001-02: Spent the majority of the season in the AHL with St. John’s, and ranked fifth among St. John’s skaters in goals (21)… Skated in eight regular-season games on the NHL level with Toronto, netting a pair of goals… Had three points (2g, 1a) in five Calder Cup Playoff games with St. John’s before being recalled to Toronto after St. John’s was eliminated… Made his NHL playoff debut with Toronto, skating in 10 games as the Maple Leafs advanced to the Eastern Conference Final before falling to Carolina… Played his first Stanley Cup Playoff game in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal vs. NYI (4/26).

2002-03: Again split the season between Toronto and St. John’s, totaling three assists and 11 penalty minutes in 13 games on the NHL level… Earned 46 points (24g, 22a) in 63 games with St. John’s (AHL)… Led St. John’s in plus/minus rating (+18), ranked tied for second in goals and was fourth in points… Selected to the PlanetUSA squad for the 2002 AHL All-Star Game, but did not play due to injury… Recalled from St. John’s four times during season.

2003-04: Completed his first full NHL season with the Maple Leafs, earning 28 points (9g, 19a) in 73 games… Ranked third among Maple Leafs skaters in plus/minus (+14)… Played in his 100th NHL game vs. NJ (2/28)… Matched his career high with a (+4) rating at MTL (1/24)… Earned his first career multi-goal game at WSH (1/21)… Earned his first career multi-point game with a pair of assists at NYR (12/26)… Totaled four points (1g,3a) and eight penalty minutes in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games, helping the Maple Leafs advance to Eastern Conference Semifinal before falling to the Flyers.

2004-05: Played for Voskresensk (Russia) during the work stoppage, totaling six points (1g, 5a) in 19 games… 2005-06: Ranked third among Maple Leafs in goals (21), first in plus/minus (+15) and tied for first in shorthanded goals (4)… His four shorthanded goals ranked tied for eighth in NHL… Established career highs in penalty minutes (68), plus/minus (+15) and shorthanded goals (4)… Set a career high with points in six consecutive games (3/26-4/6: 4g, 3a)… Had his first career three-point game with two goals and one assist vs. ATL (11/19).

2006-07: Established career highs in shots on goal (198) and power-play goals (6)… Ranked third among Leafs skaters in shots (198) and tied for third in goals (21) and plus/minus (+8)… Earned points in a team-high nine consecutive home games from 2/27-3/1 (4g, 5a)… Had a five-game overall point streak from 1/31-2/10 (3g, 3a)… Earned his 100th career NHL point at TB (1/16)… Established a career high with five points in a single game, scoring two goals and adding three assists vs. NYR (12/16)… Had three consecutive multi-point games from 11/4-11/9, totaling seven points (2g, 5a) in that span… Matched his career high with a (+4) at BOS (11/9)… Played in his 200th NHL game vs. MTL (10/7).

2007-08: Ranked tied for third among Maple Leafs in goals (18)… Had nine multi-point games… Matched his career high with points in six consecutive games from 3/12-3/25 (3g, 5a)… Played his 300th career NHL game at NYI (12/26)… Missed 16 games due to injury.

2008-09: Established career highs in goals (23), assists (38), points (61) and games played (82)… Ranked first among Maple Leafs in plus/minus (+6), second in points (61), goals (23) and shots (185) and tied for second in assists (38)… Earned a positive plus/minus rating for the seventh consecutive season (+52 in that span)… Was one of two Maple Leafs to play in all 82 games (Pavel Kubina)… Had points and assists in five consecutive games from 3/19-3/28 (4g, 6a)… Earned a career high four assists, including his 200th NHL point, vs. CGY (3/14)… Played his 400th NHL game vs. EDM (3/7)… Earned his 100th NHL assist at COL (1/29)… Had points in five consecutive games from 10/21-10/29 (2g, 5a).

2009-10: Reached the 20-goal mark for fourth time in his career and second consecutive season, splitting the season between Toronto and Pittsburgh… Reached the 50-point mark for the second consecutive season… Had 41 points (19g, 22a) in 61 games with Toronto before being traded to Pittsburgh on 3/2… Ranked second among Maple Leafs in goals and assists, third in points and first in plus/minus (+5) at the time of the trade… Had nine points (2g, 7a) in 16 regular-season games with Pittsburgh… Played in 158 consecutive games from 3/4/08-2/12/10 before being a healthy scratch at NYR (3/4), when he was between teams after the trade… Had three consecutive multi-point games from 1/26-1/30, totaling six points in that span (1g, 5a)… Earned his 250th NHL point at ATL (1/19)… Had a four-point game with a goal and three assists at FLA (11/27)… Netted his 100th NHL goal at MTL (10/31)… Totaled five points (1g, 4a) in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games, as the Penguins advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinal before falling to Montreal in Game 7.