March 18, 1980 |
Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, URS
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)|
|Played for||SKA Saint Petersburg (KHL)
New Jersey Devils (NHL)
Nashville Predators (NHL)
Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (NHL)
Khimik Moscow Oblast (RSL)
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)
|NHL Draft||5th overall, 1998
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Vitaliy Viktorovych Vyshnevsky (Ukrainian: Віталій Вікторович Вишневський; born March 18, 1980) is a Ukrainian-Russian former professional ice hockey defenceman, last playing with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL.
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.
Vitaly played in 52 games with the Thrashers before he was traded to the Nashville Predators for Éric Bélanger on February 10, 2007. Vishnevsky left the Predators at season's end and was signed as a free agent by the New Jersey Devils to a three-year contract on July 10, 2007. After one season of play, with the Devils, he was waived on August 22, 2008.
After Vishnevsky cleared waivers, he decided to go play in the newly formed KHL with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on August 26, 2008. In his first season with Lokomotiv, the team made a run towards the Gagarin Cup but ultimately fell to Ak Bars Kazan in seven games. The following season, the team lost in the Conference Finals in seven games to HC MVD. After his contract expired, he signed with SKA Saint Petersburg. He then returned to Lokomotiv for another 2 years
Return to NHL
After his contract expired once again, Vishnevskiy signed a professional tryout contract with the Anaheim Ducks, the team that had drafted him in 1998. He will compete for a spot on the opening night roster. Vishnevski was then released from his professional tryout after not appearing in a preseason game, thus making him a free agent
|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|
|2007–08||New Jersey Devils||NHL||69||2||5||7||50||3||0||0||0||2|
|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|
|World Junior Championships|
Played for Russia in:
- 1998 World Junior Championships (Silver Medal)
- 1999 World Junior Championships (Gold Medal)
- 1999 World Championships
- 2001 World Championships
- 2004 World Cup
- 2006 Winter Olympics
- 2009 World Championships
|Junior int'l totals||14||1||4||5||12|
|Senior int'l totals||33||0||5||5||47|
- The Ukrainian Weekly
- "Ducks acquire Stewart, Picks from Thrashers for Vishnevski". ducks.nhl.com. 2006-08-17. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
- "Preds acquire defenseman Vishnevski". predators.nhl.com. 2007-02-10. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
- "Devils ink Vitaly Vishnevski to 3-year contract". devils.nhl.com. 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Vitaly Vishnevski.|
- Vitaly Vishnevskiy career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Vitaly Vishnevskiy player profile at NHL.com
- Vitaly Vishnevskiy profile at Eurohockey.com
|Anaheim Mighty Ducks first round draft pick