Alexei Ponikarovsky
Alexei Ponikarovsky
Left Wing
Number: 27
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 225
Shoots: Left
Born: Apr 9, 1980
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine
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Drafted: TOR / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 4th (87th overall)
2009-10: Reached 20-goal mark for fourth time in career (second straight season)…Reached 50-point mark for second time in career (second straight season)…Had 41 points (19-22=41) and 44 penalty minutes in 61 games with Toronto before being traded to Pittsburgh on March 2, 2010…At time of trade ranked second on Toronto in goals and assists, third in points and first with a plus-5…Had nine points (2-7=9) and 17 penalty minutes in 16 regular season games with Pittsburgh...Failed to accumulate positive plus-minus for first time in eight seasons (was minus-1 in 2009-10 and minus-1 rookie year in 2000-01)…Earned 150th NHL assist March 28, 2010 vs. Toronto…Played in 158 consecutive games from March 4, 2008 to Feb. 12, 2010 before being a healthy scratch March 4, 2010 at New York Rangers (traded after Olympic Break and did not dress in first game with Pittsburgh)…Three straight two-point games (Jan. 26, 2010 vs. Kings: 0-2=2, Jan. 29, 2010 at New Jersey: 1-1=2, Jan. 30, 2010 vs. Vancouver: 0-2=2)…Five two-point games in seven-game span (Jan. 18 to Jan. 30, 2010)…Earned 250th NHL point Jan. 19, 2010 at Atlanta…Three points (2-1=3) Dec. 7, 2009 vs. Atlanta…Four points (1-3=4) Nov. 27, 2009 at Florida…Earned 100th NHL goal Oct. 31, 2009 at Montreal…PLAYOFFS: Five points (1-4=5) and four penalty minutes in 11 games, helping the Penguins advance to Eastern Conference Semifinals before losing to Montreal in Game 7.

2008-09: Career highs in goals (23), assists (38), points (61) and games played (82)…Ranked second on Toronto in points, goals and with 185 shots, tied for second in assists and tied for first with a plus-6…Accumulated positive plus-minus for seventh straight season (plus-52 in that span)…One of two Maple Leafs to play in all 82 games (Pavel Kubina)…Three points (2-1=3) March 28, 2009 vs. Boston…Points/assists (4-6=10) in five straight games (March 19 to March 28, 2010)…Four points (2-2=4) March 21, 2009 at Montreal…Career high four assists (including 200th NHL point), March 14, 2009 vs. Calgary…Played in 400th NHL game March 7, 2009 vs. Edmonton…Earned 100th NHL assist Jan. 29, 2009 at Colorado…Goals (3-4=7) in career high three straight games (Dec. 18 to Dec. 22, 2008)…Three points (1-2=3) Dec. 22, 2008 at Atlanta…Points (2-5=7) in five straight games (Oct. 21 to Oct. 29, 2008).

2007-08: Tied for third on Toronto in goals…Had nine multi-point games…Three points (2-1=3) Dec. 14, 2007 at Atlanta…Tied career high with points (3-5=8) in six straight games (March 12 to March 25, 2008)…Played in 300th NHL game Dec. 26, 2007 at New York Islanders…Two goals Nov. 10, 2007 vs. New York Rangers…Two goals Oct. 6, 2007 vs. Montreal…Missed 16 games due to injury.

2006-07: Third on Toronto in goals and with 198 shots, tied for third with plus-8…Career highs in shots and six power-play goals…Points (4-5=9) in club high nine straight home games (Feb. 27 to March 31, 2007)…Points (3-3=6) in five straight games (Jan. 31 to Feb. 10, 2007)…Earned 100th NHL point Jan. 16, 2007 at Tampa Bay…Career high five points (2-3=5) Dec. 16, 2006 vs. New York Rangers...Points (2-6=8) in four straight games (Nov. 4 to Nov. 11, 2006)…Three straight multi-point games (Nov. 4, 2006 at Buffalo: 0-2=2, Nov. 6, 2006 vs. Philadelphia: 1-1=2, Nov. 9, 2006 at Boston: 1-2=3)…Tied career high with plus-4 Nov. 9, 2006 at Boston…Played in 200th NHL game Oct. 7, 2006 vs. Montreal.

2005-06: Third on Toronto in goals, first with plus-15 and tied for first (tied for eighth in NHL) with four short-handed goals…Career highs in penalty minutes, plus-minus and short-handed goals…Tied career high with points (4-3=7) in six straight games (March 26 to April 6, 2006)…Three points (1-2=3) April 1, 2006 vs. Buffalo…Plus-10 in seven-game span (March 25 to April 6, 2006)…Three points (2-1=3) Nov. 19, 2005 vs. Atlanta.

2003-04: Third on Toronto with plus-14…Played in 100th NHL game Feb. 28, 2004 vs. New Jersey…Tied career high with plus-4 Jan. 24, 2004 at Montreal…First career multi-goal game Jan. 21, 2004 at Washington…First career multi-point game (0-2=2) Dec. 26, 2003 at New York Rangers…PLAYOFFS: Four points (1-3=4) and eight penalty minutes, helping the Maple Leafs advance to Eastern Conference Semifinals before losing to Philadelphia.

2002-03: Three assists and 11 penalty minutes in 13 games with Toronto and 46 points (24-22=46) and 68 penalty minutes in 63 games with St. John’s (AHL)…Ranked first on St. John’s with plus-18, tied for second in goals and fourth in points…Selected to Planet USA’s 2002 AHL All-Star Team, but didn’t play due to injury…Recalled from St. John’s four times during season.

2001-02: Two goals in eight regular season games with Toronto and 48 points (21-27=48) and 74 penalty minutes in 72 regular season games with St. John’s…PLAYOFFS: Three points (2-1=3) and eight penalty minutes in five games with St. John’s…Recalled to Toronto after St. John’s was eliminated and had zero points and four penalty minutes in 10 games, helping the Maple Leafs advance to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to Carolina.

2000-01: Four points (1-3=4) and 14 penalty minutes in 22 games with Toronto and 36 points (12-24=36) and 44 penalty minutes in 49 regular season games with St. John’s…Zero points and four penalty minutes in four playoff games with St. John’s.

TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Toronto in the fourth round (87th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft…Traded to Pittsburgh by Toronto for Luca Caputi and Martin Skoula on March 2, 2010.

INTERNATIONAL PLAY:
Represented Ukraine at 2002 Winter Olympics (4 GP, 1-2=3).

PERSONAL: Nickname: Pony…Off-season home: Toronto…Wife: Inna…Kids: Jessica (7), Alexander (5), Max (1)…Favorite movie: Braveheart…Favorite TV show: Seinfeld…Favorite actor: Jim Carry…Favorite band: Metallica…Favorite NHL city, other than Los Angeles: Montreal…Favorite magazine: Sports Illustrated…Favorite sport other than hockey: soccer…Favorite hockey moment: playing in Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2004…Favorite pro athlete: Roger Federer…Favorite hockey player growing up: Pavel Bure…Favorite road arena: Bell Centre…Favorite food: steak…Favorite vacation spot: Miami…Helps the environment by recycling…If not a hockey player he would be: contractor…Miscellaneous: loves fishing.