August 11, 1976 |
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)|
|Played for||HC Slovan Bratislava
Los Angeles Kings
New York Islanders
|NHL Draft||118th overall, 2000
Los Angeles Kings
Ľubomír Višňovský (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈʎubɔˌmiːr ˈviʃɲɔu̯ˌskiː]; born August 11, 1976) is a Slovak former professional ice hockey defenceman. He began and finished his career with his hometown club, HC Slovan Bratislava of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks and the New York Islanders.
Prior to joining the NHL, Višňovský played with HC 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. He returned to play in his home country for the locked out 2004–05 season.
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 sixth 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 second round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Shortly thereafter, Višňovský filed a grievance through the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) 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 Višňovský 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. Višňovský later signed a two-year extension with the Islanders worth $4.75 million per year.
After parts of three seasons with the Islanders, Višňovský left as a free agent and was un-signed over the summer. On September 16, 2015, he was signed to a try-out contract to attend the reigning Champions in the Chicago Blackhawks, training camp. Upon his release at the conclusion of training camp by the Hawks, Višňovský returned to Bratislava midway into the 2015–16 season, signing a one-year deal on October 27, 2015.
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|
|2013–14||New York Islanders||NHL||24||3||8||11||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||New York Islanders||NHL||53||5||15||20||8||4||0||2||2||0|
|2015–16||HC Slovan Bratislava||KHL||9||2||8||10||2||4||0||0||0||0|
Višňovský at the 2008 World Championships
|2000 St. Petersburg|
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". Olympics at 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.
- Neil Sheehy (2015-09-16). "Client Visnovsky has agreed to try-out with Blackhawks". Twitter. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
- "Visnovsky has agreed with the Slavs" (in Slovak). HC Slovan Bratislava. 2015-10-27. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
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