Vitaly Vishnevskiy

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Vitaly Vishnevskiy
Vitaly Vishnevski 2010-12-12.jpg
Born (1980-03-18) March 18, 1980 (age 37)
Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, URS
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
KHL team
Former teams
Severstal Cherepovets
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Khimik Moscow Oblast
Atlanta Thrashers
Nashville Predators
New Jersey Devils
SKA Saint Petersburg
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 5th overall, 1998
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career 1998–2015
2017–

Vitaliy Viktorovych Vyshnevsky (Ukrainian: Віталій Вікторович Вишневський; born March 18, 1980) is a Ukrainian-Russian[1] professional ice hockey defenceman, currently playing for Severstal Cherepovets of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He previously played in the National Hockey League for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Atlanta Thrashers, Nashville Predators, and New Jersey Devils, as well as for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and SKA St. Petersburg in the 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 season's 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.

KHL[edit]

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

After his contract expired once again, Vishnevskiy signed a professional tryout contract with the Anaheim Ducks, the team that had drafted him in 1998. Vishnevski was then released from his professional tryout after not appearing in a preseason game, thus making him a free agent.

After a two-year hiatus, Vishnevskiy opted to attempt a comeback to professional hockey in agreeing to a try-out with the Severstal Cherepovets on June 30, 2017.[6] After participating in pre-season, Vishnevskiy impressed to secure a one-year deal with Severstal for the 2017–18 season on August 21, 2017.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[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
2014–15 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 43 0 3 3 16 1 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 552 16 52 68 494 40 0 5 5 18
KHL totals 358 26 51 77 396 86 3 18 21 93

International[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Russia
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2009 Switzerland
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 1999 Winnipeg
Silver medal – second place 1998 Helsinki
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1998 Russia WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 1 2 3 6
1999 Russia WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 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, gold medalist(s) 9 0 0 0 29
Junior totals 14 1 4 5 12
Senior totals 33 0 5 5 47

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vishnevskiy hails roots in longevity of NHL career". The Ukrainian Weekly. 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Vitaly Vishnevskiy player biography". Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. 2008-09-01. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  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. ^ "Vishnevskiy vying for a return to the KHL" (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 2017-06-30. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  7. ^ "Vishneskiy continues in Severstal" (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 2017-08-21. Retrieved 2017-08-21. 

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