Ľubomír Višňovský (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈʎubɔmiːɾ ˈʋiʃɲɔʊ̯skiː]; born 11 August 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.
11 August 1976|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)|
Los Angeles Kings
New York Islanders
118th overall, 2000|
Los Angeles Kings
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 29 June 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 5 February 2009, after dislocating his shoulder in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks on 3 February. It was later revealed Višňovský required season-ending surgery to repair his labrum.
On 3 March 2010, Višňovský was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for Ryan Whitney and a sixth round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. On 4 March 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 22 June 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 26 January 2013, that Višňovský will report to the team by 11 February. 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 16 September 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 27 October 2015. He played his last professional game in November 2016.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|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 honoursEdit
|Best Defenceman in Slovakia||1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005|
|Best Player in Slovakia||2005|
|NHL Second All-Star Team||2011|
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- "Oilers acquire Visnovsky from L.A.; ship Stoll and Greene". Tsn.ca. 29 June 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
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- "Capitals, Oilers and Hurricanes busiest teams on deadline day". Tsn.ca. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
- "Stars vs. Ducks – 03/04/2011 – Anaheim Ducks – Recap". Ducks.nhl.com. Archived from the original on 29 October 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
- "Report: Visnovsky Files Grievance on Trade to Islanders". 23 July 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
- "VISNOVSKY LOSES ARBITRATION CASE, TRADE TO ISLES COMPLETE". 12 September 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- "Lubomir Visnovsky Will Report To Islanders By Feb. 11". CBS News New York. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
- Neil Sheehy (16 September 2015). "Client Visnovsky has agreed to try-out with Blackhawks". Twitter. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
- "Visnovsky has agreed with the Slavs" (in Slovak). HC Slovan Bratislava. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015.