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Ponikarovsky, Pavs to Europe

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TWO members of the Winnipeg Jets have wasted no time in taking jobs in Europe.

Mere hours after the NHL locked out its players -- with no new collective bargaining agreement in sight -- forward Alexei Ponikarovsky and goalie Ondrej Pavelec have agreed to deals to play.

Ponikarovsky, a July 1 free-agent signing by the Jets, will be joining Donbass Donetsk of KHL.

The team, based in Ukraine, also signed Philadelphia's Ruslan Fedotenko.

Pavelec is going to play for HC Trinec in the Czech League.

The Jets No. 1 goalie received a new five-year, $19.5 million contract in late June, a deal that was followed a few weeks alter by ample controversy when it became known that he had been convicted of driving under the influence.

Pavelec received a suspended six-month prison term and a loss of his license for 20 months.

The incident took place on May 26 and Pavelec pleaded guilty to the charge on June 12.

-- Tim Campbell

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 17, 2012 C3

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