Višňovský with the Islanders during the 2013 playoffs
August 11, 1976 |
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)|
|New York Islanders
HC Slovan Bratislava
Los Angeles Kings
|NHL Draft||118th overall, 2000
Los Angeles Kings
Ľubomír Višňovský (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈʎubɔˌmiːr ˈviʃɲɔu̯ˌskiː]; born August 11, 1976) is a Slovak professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). During the 2012–13 NHL lockout he previously played for hometown team, HC Slovan Bratislava of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Prior to joining the NHL, Višňovský played with Slovan Bratislava. He was drafted 118th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings as their fourth choice. He made the team for the 2000–01 season and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team after a 39-point campaign, tops among rookie defencemen. Višňovský remained with the Kings for seven seasons, recording a career-high 67 points in 2005–06.
Višňovský returned to play in his home country for the locked out 2004–05 season and was voted best player in Slovakia.
On June 29, 2008, Višňovský was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Jarret Stoll and defenceman Matt Greene, on the day before his no trade clause would take effect. He was put on the injured reserve on February 5, 2009, after dislocating his shoulder in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks on February 3. It was later revealed Višňovský required season-ending surgery to repair his labrum.
On March 3, 2010, Višňovský was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for Ryan Whitney and a 6th round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. On March 4, 2011, Višňovský scored the first hat trick by a defenseman in Anaheim Ducks history, the third goal coming with four seconds left in overtime.
On June 22, 2012 Višňovský was traded to the New York Islanders for a 2nd round pick in the 2013 NHL draft. Shortly thereafter, Višňovský filed a grievance through the National Hockey League Players' Association seeking to void the trade, claiming that the no trade clause in his original contract with Los Angeles was still valid, since he never revoked it when Edmonton traded him to Anaheim. An arbitrator ruled against Visnovsky in this case and the trade was upheld.
The Islanders suspended Višňovský because he did not report to the team for the start of the NHL season. His agent Neil Sheehy said on January 26, 2013, that Višňovský will report to the team by February 11.
Visnovsky later signed a two year extension with the Islanders, worth $4.75 million per year.
Regular season and playoffs
|1994–95||HC Slovan Bratislava||Slovak||36||11||10||21||10||9||1||3||4||2|
|1995–96||HC Slovan Bratislava||Slovak||35||8||6||14||22||13||1||5||6||2|
|1996–97||HC Slovan Bratislava||Slovak||44||11||12||23||20||2||0||1||1||2|
|1997–98||HC Slovan Bratislava||Slovak||36||7||9||16||16||11||2||4||6||8|
|1998–99||HC Slovan Bratislava||Slovak||40||9||10||19||31||10||5||5||10||0|
|1999–00||HC Slovan Bratislava||Slovak||52||21||24||45||38||8||5||3||8||16|
|2000–01||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||81||7||32||39||36||8||0||0||0||0|
|2001–02||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||72||4||17||21||14||4||0||1||1||0|
|2002–03||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||57||8||16||24||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||58||8||21||29||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||HC Slovan Bratislava||Slovak||43||13||25||38||40||14||2||10||12||10|
|2005–06||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||80||17||50||67||42||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||69||18||40||58||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||82||8||33||41||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||HC Slovan Bratislava||KHL||32||6||10||16||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||New York Islanders||NHL||35||3||11||14||20||6||0||2||2||2|
Višňovský at the 2008 World Championships
|Competitor for Slovakia|
|Silver||2000 St. Petersburg|
|Junior int'l totals||17||3||12||15||8|
|Senior int'l totals||78||14||38||52||26|
Awards and honours
|Best Defenceman in Slovakia||1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005|
|Best Player in Slovakia||2005|
|NHL Second All-Star Team||2011|
- "Ľubomír Višňovský". Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- "Oilers acquire Visnovsky from L.A.; ship Stoll and Greene". Tsn.ca. June 29, 2008. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
- "Oilers' Lubomir Visnovsky goes on injured reserve". MSNBC. February 5, 2009. Retrieved February 9, 2009.[dead link]
- "Visnovsky's 1st season with Oilers over". CBC. February 8, 2009. Retrieved February 9, 2009.
- "Capitals, Oilers and Hurricanes busiest teams on deadline day". Tsn.ca. March 3, 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
- "Stars vs. Ducks – 03/04/2011 – Anaheim Ducks – Recap". Ducks.nhl.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
- "Report: Visnovsky Files Grievance on Trade to Islanders". July 23, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
- "VISNOVSKY LOSES ARBITRATION CASE, TRADE TO ISLES COMPLETE". September 12, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- "Lubomir Visnovsky Will Report To Islanders By Feb. 11". CBS News New York. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
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