9 April 1980|
Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR,
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs
Khimik Moscow Oblast
Los Angeles Kings
New Jersey Devils
SKA Saint Petersburg
Kunlun Red Star
87th overall, 1998|
Toronto Maple Leafs
Oleksiy Volodymyrovych "Alexei" Ponikarovsky (born 9 April 1980 in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union) is a professional Ukrainian-Canadian ice hockey left winger that currently plays for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs with the 87th overall pick in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He also played in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs for 9 seasons, the Pittsburgh Penguins for 1 season, the Los Angeles Kings for 1 season, the Carolina Hurricanes for 1 season, the New Jersey Devils for 1 season and the Winnipeg Jets for 1 season. He was traded back to the Devils on February 13, 2013 in exchange for a 4th round pick and a 7th round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
He is nicknamed "The Poni Express", "The Ukraine Train" and "Poni". He currently lives in Toronto with his wife Inna, daughter Jessica, and sons Alex and Maxim. He also became a Canadian citizen on June 7, 2007.
Career[change | change source]
Has Canadian and Russian citizenship.
In January 2012, before the expiration of his contract, he was traded to the New Jersey Devils.
In the offseason 2012, signed a one-year contract with the Winnipeg Jets for $ 1.5 million
Due to the NHL lockout in 2012, he signed a contract with the newcomer of the KHL, the Donbass club. After the end of the lockout he returned to the Winnipeg Jets, but after 12 games on 14 February 2013 he returned to the New Jersey Devils.
In August 2016, he signed a contract with the Kunlun Red Star Kontinental Hockey League debut.
In November 2017, he joined the Putin Team movement
Family[change | change source]
Married. He has three children.
References[change | change source]
- "Ponikarovsky reacquired from Winnipeg". New Jersey Devils. 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
- "Главные спортивные новости на сегодня | Последние новости спорта в России и мире". sport-express.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-11-06.