(September 7, 2005) -- John Ferguson, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Wednesday that the club has re-signed restricted free agent forward Alexei Ponikarovsky to a two year contract. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Ponikarovsky, 25, played 19 games for Voskresensk of the Russian Hockey League last season collecting six points (one goal, five assists) with 16 penalty minutes. In 2003-04 with the Maple Leafs, he played 73 games collecting a career high 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) with 44 penalty minutes. He was also third on the team in plus/minus at +14.
The native of Kiev, Ukraine has played 116 career NHL games for Toronto collecting 37 points (12 goals, 25 assists) with 69 penalty minutes. He was Toronto's fourth choice, 87th overall,
in the 1998 Entry Draft.