Ľubomír Višňovský

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Ľubomír Višňovský
Lubomor Visnovsky 2013-05-09.JPG
Višňovský with the Islanders during the 2013 playoffs
Born (1976-08-11) August 11, 1976 (age 38)
Topoľčany, Czechoslovakia
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
New York Islanders
HC Slovan Bratislava
Los Angeles Kings
Edmonton Oilers
Anaheim Ducks
National team  Slovakia
NHL Draft 118th overall, 2000
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1994–present

Ľubomír Višňovský[1] (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.

Playing career[edit]

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.

With the Oilers in 2009.

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.[2] 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.[3] It was later revealed Višňovský required season-ending surgery to repair his labrum.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] An arbitrator ruled against Visnovsky in this case and the trade was upheld.[8]

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.[9]

Visnovsky later signed a two year extension with the Islanders, worth $4.75 million per year.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
2008–09 Edmonton Oilers NHL 50 8 23 31 30
2009–10 Edmonton Oilers NHL 57 10 22 32 16
2009–10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 16 5 8 13 4
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 81 18 50 68 24 6 0 3 3 2
2011–12 Anaheim Ducks NHL 68 6 21 27 7
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
2013–14 New York Islanders NHL 24 3 8 11 10
NHL totals 830 123 352 475 365 24 0 6 6 4

International[edit]

LubomirVisnovsky2008IIHF.jpg
Višňovský at the 2008 World Championships
Medal record
Competitor for  Slovakia
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2003 Helsinki
Gold 2002 Gothenburg
Silver 2000 St. Petersburg
Inline Hockey
World Championships
Silver 2008 Bratislava
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1994 Slovakia WJC-C 17th 4 1 1 2 0
1995 Slovakia WJC-B 10th 7 1 6 7 4
1996 Slovakia WJC 7th 6 1 5 6 4
1996 Slovakia WC 10th 5 0 1 1 4
1996 Slovakia WCH 7th 1 0 0 0 0
1997 Slovakia WC 9th 8 0 1 1 4
1998 Slovakia OG 10th 3 0 0 0 2
1999 Slovakia WC 7th 6 0 2 2 6
2000 Slovakia WC 2nd 9 0 6 6 2
2002 Slovakia OG 13th 3 1 2 3 0
2002 Slovakia WC 1st 5 2 1 3 2
2003 Slovakia WC 3rd 9 4 8 12 2
2004 Slovakia WCH 7th 4 0 0 0 6
2005 Slovakia WC 5th 7 2 6 8 0
2006 Slovakia OG 5th 6 1 1 2 0
2008 Slovakia WC 13th 5 2 7 9 0
2010 Slovakia OG 4th 7 2 1 3 0
2011 Slovakia WC 10th 3 0 2 2 0
Junior totals 17 3 12 15 8
Senior totals 78 14 38 52 26

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
Slovakia
Best Defenceman in Slovakia 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
Best Player in Slovakia 2005
NHL
All-Rookie Team 2001
All-Star Game 2007
NHL Second All-Star Team 2011

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ľubomír Višňovský". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Oilers acquire Visnovsky from L.A.; ship Stoll and Greene". Tsn.ca. June 29, 2008. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Oilers' Lubomir Visnovsky goes on injured reserve". MSNBC. February 5, 2009. Retrieved February 9, 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Visnovsky's 1st season with Oilers over". CBC. February 8, 2009. Retrieved February 9, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Capitals, Oilers and Hurricanes busiest teams on deadline day". Tsn.ca. March 3, 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Stars vs. Ducks – 03/04/2011 – Anaheim Ducks – Recap". Ducks.nhl.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Report: Visnovsky Files Grievance on Trade to Islanders". July 23, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ "VISNOVSKY LOSES ARBITRATION CASE, TRADE TO ISLES COMPLETE". September 12, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Lubomir Visnovsky Will Report To Islanders By Feb. 11". CBS News New York. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 

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