WINNIPEG - Alexei Ponikarovsky finally made it onto the MTS Centre ice on Sunday, arriving just in time for the start of Jets training camp.
The big Ukrainian left-winger might actually be one of the few players who won't be bothered by the frenetic pace the Jets will keep over the next four months. That's because the man has been bouncing all over the globe for the last 12 months and playing a boatload of hockey.
The 2012 calendar year started with him in North Carolina, playing for the Hurricanes, and then he was traded to the New Jersey Devils, who just so happened to play all the way to mid-June thanks to their Stanley Cup final appearance.
Three weeks later he signed a free-agent contract with the Jets and in August he rented a house in the Manitoba capital. Then the players got locked out, so it was back home to Kiev to continue playing.