- The Beginning: Ponikarovsky was drafted in the 4th round of the 1998 Entry Draft. He came to North America for the 2000/01 season and spent most of the season in the AHL, but he did appear in 22 games with the Leafs scoring his first NHL goal in the process. He would spend the majority of the 2001/02 and 2002/03 seasons in the AHL, joining the Leafs on a full time basis for the 2003/04 season. For the most part his offensive production improved each season, and in 2008/09 he set career highs in goals (23) and assists (38).
- The End: After the lockout of 2004/05, the Leafs consistently missed the playoffs and generally found themselves trading veterans for prospects at the trade deadline each season. This scenario played out with Ponikarovsky in the 2009/10 season. As he was going to be a free agent following the season, he was traded to Pittsburgh for Luca Caputi and Martin Skoula on March 2, 2010. Skoula was dealt to the Devils the next day for a 5th round pick in the 2010 draft. Caputi played a grand total of 26 games over two seasons for the Leafs, before disappearing from the NHL for good. Ponikarovsky was hopeful of re-signing with the Leafs, but the Leafs didn't extend a contract offer, so he signed with the Los Angeles Kings, and proceeded to bounce around the NHL from 2010 to 2013 (going LA-Carolina-New Jersey-Winnipeg-New Jersey) before returning to Russia. Ponikarovsky ultimately spent parts of nine seasons with the Leafs, which ties him for 35th among all players to have suited up for the Leafs.
- The Jersey Style: The Leafs wore this style of primary blue jersey from 1992 until 2007. However, there were a few changes along the way (namplate and number font changes in 1997, number font changes in 2000, and the introduction of a new TML shoulder patch, also in 2000).
- Jersey Wear: Excellent wear on this jersey, particularly in the shoulders - a cluster team repair, unrepaired holes, and paint transfer.
- The Season: The 2006/07 season was Ponikarovsky's third full season in the NHL. He appeared in 71 games, scoring 21 goals and adding 24 assists for 45 points, a career high to that point. Let down by inconsistent goaltending from Andrew Raycroft (with a save percentage of .894, which was near the bottom of the league among starters), the Leafs would finish in 3rd in the Northeast Division with 91 points, missing the playoffs by a single point. This jersey was worn for 11 games. Ponikarovsky scored 2 goals and added 2 assists in those 11 games.
- Acquired: July 29, 2017.
- Source: Collector.
- LOA: Toronto Maple Leafs/MeiGray LOA.
- Photomatch: Photomatched to image below (marks, holes near the right TLM shoulder patch) from game on November 28, 2006 against the Boston Bruins.