Wisniewski with the Blue Jackets in 2013
February 21, 1984 |
Canton, MI, USA
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Islanders
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||156th overall, 2002
James Joseph Wisniewski (born February 21, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman, currently playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League. He has previously played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, New York Islanders, and Montreal Canadiens.
Wisniewski started his junior hockey career with his hometown Plymouth Whalers of the OHL, in 2000. He improved every year significantly, and was drafted in the 5th round by the Blackhawks in 2002. At the start of the 2003–04 season, he was named captain of the Whalers. Wielding powerful arms and an incredible desire to win, his rocket slap-shot (good for 17 goals, 11 on the power-play), "Wiz" arguably has one of the best defensive shots in the NHL. He finished 24th in overall scoring with 70 points, but 3rd among defenseman, short 6 points of Kingston Frontenacs defenseman Bryan Rodney. However, Wisniewski played in 17 fewer games, playing in only 50 to Rodney's 67 (in a 68-game season). For his work, Wisniewski was awarded the OHL's 2004 Max Kaminsky Trophy as most outstanding defenceman. The accolades didn't stop there, as Wisniewski also took home the parent league, CHL's Defenseman of the Year award. This recognition gained Wisniewski a contract with Chicago, and a jump to the AHL's Norfolk Admirals.
Wisniewski was called up early to the Blackhawks in the 2006–07 season and stuck with the Blackhawks. James tore his ACL during the 1st period against Los Angeles on March 5, 2007. He was placed on injured reserve and missed the rest of the season.
In the 2009–10 season, Wisniewski entrenched himself in the Ducks defense corps and established a career-high 30 points in 69 games. On March 17, 2010, in a game against former team, the Blackhawks, Wisniewski delivered a retaliation hit to Brent Seabrook, his former teammate and good friend, driving his head against the glass. Wisniewski received an eight-game suspension for his hit. The last player to receive an 8-game suspension was former Duck Chris Pronger.
Islanders and Canadiens
On December 28, 2010, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for second-round pick in the 2011 draft and conditional 5th round pick in the 2012 draft. He scored seven goals to go with 23 assists in 43 games with the Canadiens, as well as two assists in six playoff games.
Columbus Blue Jackets
On June 29, 2011, his rights were traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2012. The pick would become a fifth-rounder if Columbus signed him. He signed a 6-year/$33 million contract with the Blue Jackets on July 1.
On September 26, 2011, Wisniewski was suspended for the remainder of the preseason, and 8 regular season games by the NHL for a hit to the head of Cal Clutterbuck on September 23 after the end of regulation. In an injury shortened 2011-12 NHL season, Wisniewski appeared in 48 games with Columbus, scoring six goals along with 21 assists as the Blue Jackets finished well out of the playoff hunt.
Awards and achievements
- 2000–01 OHL First All-Rookie Team
- 2003–04 OHL First All-Star Team
- 2003–04 OHL Max Kaminsky Trophy
- 2003–04 CHL First All-Star Team
- 2003–04 CHL Defenceman of the Year
Regular season and playoffs
|2010–11||New York Islanders||NHL||32||3||18||21||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||48||6||21||27||37||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||30||5||9||14||15||—||—||—||—||—|
Wisniewski at the 2008 IIHF World Championship
|Competitor for United States|
|World Junior Championships|
|World U18 Championships|
|Junior int'l totals||16||3||9||12||16|
|Senior int'l totals||6||1||2||3||6|
Wisniewski attended Canton High School in Canton, MI
Wisniewski started a clothing line called WizWear. According to Wisniewski, "I always like to dress nice and have my own style. We support the USO of Illinois, the families of fallen soldiers. I wanted to do something a little bit different to set up for a charity than a golf tournament or bowling event. It's something I can have a little bit of fun with also." Both of his grandfathers fought in World War II.
Wisniewski has a polish background.
- "Wisniewski is CHL defenceman of the year". CHL.com. 2004-05-06. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-11-10.
- "'Hawks get veteran center Pahlsson". nhl.com. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
- "NHL suspends Wisniewski 8 games". ESPN. 2010-03-17. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
- ISLANDERS ACQUIRE WISNIEWSKI FROM ANAHEIM
- ISLES' WISNIEWSKI SUSPENDED TWO GAMES FOR OBSCENE GESTURE
- "Habs acquire James Wisniewski from the Islanders". Montreal Canadiens. 2010-12-28. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
- "Habs trade Wisniewski's rights to Blue Jackets for draft pick". The Sports Network. 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2011-06-29.
- "Defenseman Wisniewski inks six-year deal with Blue Jackets". The Sports Network. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
- Kuc, Chris (2008-12-25). "Blackhawks' James Wisniewski starts fashion line for charity". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
- Pat Hickey (2011-01-18). "Defenceman Wisniewski brings badly needed dose of power-play magic after loss of markov and gorges". The Gazette. Retrieved 2011-02-05.