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August 5, 2013 | 10:33am ET
Ponikarovsky joins Kovalchuk in KHL
TheFourthPeriod.com

Former New Jersey Devils right wing Alexei Ponikarovsky has signed a two-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL.

Ponikarovsky, 33, played for Donbass HC of the KHL during the NHL lockout last season.

In 42 games with the Winnipeg Jets and Devils this past season, Ponikarovsky registered four goals and five assists for nine points.

The native of Kiev, Ukraine, has played in 678 career NHL regular-season games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Carolina Hurricanes, Devils and Jets, and has accumulated 139 goals and 184 assists for 323 points, a plus-47 rating and 419 penalty minutes.

Ponikarovsky, who joins former Devils teammate Ilya Kovalchuk on SKA, was originally drafted by the Leafs in the fourth-round (87th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

SKA, in its press release, indicated that the club is assisting Ponikarovsky obtain his Russian citizenship, which might spell the end of his NHL career, entirely.


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