Vitaly Vishnevskiy

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Vitaly Vishnevskiy
Vitaly Vishnevski 2010-12-12.jpg
Born (1980-03-18) March 18, 1980 (age 34)
Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
SKA Saint Petersburg (KHL)
New Jersey Devils (NHL)
Nashville Predators (NHL)
Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (NHL)
Khimik Moscow Oblast (RSL)
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 5th overall, 1998
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career 1998–present

Vitaliy Viktorovych Vyshnevsky (Ukrainian: Віталій Вікторович Вишневський; born March 18, 1980) is a Ukrainian-Russian[1] professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Playing career[edit]

Vishnevsky began his career in Ukraine with his local hockey organization, Dynamo Kharkiv.[2]

After playing in the Russian Super League for Torpedo Yaroslavl, Vishnevsky was drafted 5th overall by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He came to North America to start the 1999–2000 season playing for the Ducks affiliate the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League. He also made his NHL debut playing in 31 games for the Ducks.

Vishnesvky established himself as a mainstay on the Duck defense, known for his punishing checks. In the 2002–03 season he helped the Ducks reach the Stanley Cup finals. Playing in all their playoff games in their eventual defeat to the New Jersey Devils. Vitaly scored a career high 16 points (6 goals and 10 assists) in the 2003–04 NHL season. Vishnevsky returned to Russia to play for Khimik Voskresensk during the 2004–05 NHL lockout.

In the 2005–06 NHL season, Vishnevsky continued to play for the Ducks where they made their way to the conference finals before losing to the Edmonton Oilers. On August 17, 2006 Vishnevsky was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers for Karl Stewart and a 2nd round pick prior to the 2006–07 NHL season.[3]

Vitaly played in 52 games with the Thrashers before he was traded to the Nashville Predators for Éric Bélanger on February 10, 2007.[4] Vishnevsky left the Predators at seasons end and was signed as a free agent by the New Jersey Devils to a three year contract on July 10, 2007.[5] After one season of play, with the Devils, he was waived on August 22, 2008.[6] Vishnevsky cleared waivers and decided to go play in the newly formed KHL with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on August 26, 2008.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Torpedo Yaroslavl RSL 34 3 4 7 38 10 0 0 0 4
1999–00 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 35 1 3 4 45
1999–00 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 31 1 1 2 26
2000–01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 76 1 10 11 99
2001–02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 74 0 3 3 60
2002–03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 80 2 6 8 76 21 0 1 1 6
2003–04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 73 6 10 16 51
2004–05 Khimik Moscow Oblast RSL 50 7 14 21 92
2005–06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 82 1 7 8 91 16 0 4 4 10
2006–07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 52 3 9 12 31
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 15 0 1 1 10
2007–08 New Jersey Devils NHL 69 2 5 7 50 3 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 53 8 13 21 124 19 2 7 9 44
2009–10 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 55 5 14 19 68 17 0 9 9 32
2010–11 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 49 7 8 15 44 11 0 1 1 4
2011–12 SKA Saint Petersburg KHL 54 3 4 7 89 14 0 1 1 9
2012–13 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 52 2 5 7 36 6 0 0 0 2
2013–14 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 52 1 4 5 22 18 1 0 1 2
NHL totals 552 16 52 68 494 40 0 5 5 18
KHL totals 315 26 48 74 383 85 3 18 21 93

International play[edit]

Vitaly Vishnevskiy
Medal record
Competitor for  Russia
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2009 Switzerland
World Junior Championships
Gold 1999 Winnipeg
Silver 1998 Helsinki

Played for Russia in:

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
1998 Russia WJC 2nd 7 1 2 3 6
1999 Russia WJC 1st 7 0 2 2 6
1999 Russia WC 5th 6 0 1 1 8
2001 Russia WC 5th 7 0 3 3 6
2004 Russia WCH QF 3 0 0 0 0
2006 Russia Oly 4th 8 0 1 1 4
2009 Russia WC 1st 9 0 0 0 29
Junior int'l totals 14 1 4 5 12
Senior int'l totals 33 0 5 5 47

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Ukrainian Weekly
  2. ^ http://hclokomotiv.ru/stats/player/?personId=14
  3. ^ "Ducks acquire Stewart, Picks from Thrashers for Vishnevski". ducks.nhl.com. 2006-08-17. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  4. ^ "Preds acquire defenseman Vishnevski". predators.nhl.com. 2007-02-10. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  5. ^ "Devils ink Vitaly Vishnevski to 3-year contract". devils.nhl.com. 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  6. ^ Everson, Mark (2008-08-22). "Dev waive Vishnevski". newyorkpost.com. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 

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Preceded by
Michael Holmqvist
Anaheim Mighty Ducks first round draft pick
1998
Succeeded by
Alexei Smirnov