Lubomir Visnovsky
Lubomir Visnovsky
Defenseman
(vihzh-NAHF-skee, LOO-boh-meer)
Number: 17
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 192
Shoots: Left
Born: Aug 11, 1976  (Age 38)
Birthplace: Topolcany, Slovakia
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Drafted: LAK / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 4th (118th overall)

2006-07:  Set a new career high with 18 goals and led all Kings defensemen in scoring for the second consecutive season…Also set new careers highs for shots (159), shooting percentage (11.3) and time-on-ice average (24:27, led the team)…Led the Kings and ranked sixth in the NHL with a power play time-on-ice average of 5:57…Ranked fourth in the NHL among defensemen in goals (18) and tied for eighth among league defensemen in points (58) and power play points (8-25=33)…Ranked third among NHL defensemen in shooting percentage (11.3)…Participated in the 2007 NHL All-Star Game…Finished third on the Kings with 107 blocked shots…Finished second on the Kings with 37 takeaways…Had one shootout goal (1-for-3, 33.3 percent)…Closed the season ranked fourth in career goals (62), career assists (176) and career points (238) among Kings defensemen…Voted by the media as the Kings Outstanding Defenseman for the second consecutive season…Skated in his 400th career Kings/NHL game versus Chicago on February 1, 2007…Recorded his 200th career Kings/NHL point (an assist) versus Anaheim on December 2, 2006.

2005-06:  Established career highs in assists (50) and points (67)…Became the first defenseman in Kings history to lead his team in scoring and for his efforts was named the club’s Most Valuable Player and Outstanding Defenseman in a vote by the local media…The only defenseman in the league to lead his team in scoring…Finished tied for fourth in scoring and assists among NHL defensemen…His 67 points were the fourth highest single season total ever produced by a Kings defenseman…Led the Kings with 50 assists…Ranked second on the team with 10 power play goals (Michael Cammalleri had 15 power play goals)…Led the Kings in ice time averaging 23:16 per game…Led the Kings with 41 power play points (10-31=41)…Tied for second on the club with 80 games played…Finished second among Kings blueliners and fifth overall with a rating of plus-7…Finished fourth on the club with 116 blocked shots…Had a career high nine-game scoring/assist streak that lasted from December 10 – December 28, 2005…Picked up 12 points (1-11=12) during the streak…Recorded his first career hat trick (including the game winner) in a 6-3 victory at Dallas on November 2, 2005…Just the fifth defender in club history to record a hat trick (Rob Blake, Steve Duchesne, Dominic LaVoie and Ian Turnbull are the others)…Registered his first career overtime goal giving the Kings a 2-1 win at Minnesota on March 7, 2006…Played in his 300th career Kings/NHL game vs. Washington on December 14, 2005…Scored 36 points (7-29=36) at home and 31 points (10-21=31) on the road.

2004-05:   Played in his native Slovakia for HC Slovnaft Bratislava and finished second on the team and 12th in the league in scoring with 38 points (13-25=38)…Helped his club win the Slovak Extraliga championship (12 points in 14 postseason games; 2-10=12) while also earning Best Player honors in the league…His squad beat HKm Zvolen (in seven games) for the title…His squad advanced to the finals by beating Dukla Trencin in seven games.      

2003-04:  Selected as the Kings Outstanding Defenseman in a vote by the local media…Finished second in scoring among Kings defensemen with 29 points (8-21=29; Jaroslav Modry led all club defensemen with 32 points) despite being limited to 58 games because of injuries sustained during the season…Five of his eight goals were scored on the power play to lead all Kings defensemen…Finished second on the team with an average of 24:02 of ice time per game (Modry led the team with an average of 24:23)…Registered his 100th career Kings/NHL point with an assist vs. Washington on December 6, 2003…Played in the first 32 games of the season and registered 20 points (6-14=20) with a plus-11 before being sidelined for six games with a concussion…Returned to the lineup on January 3, 2004, and played in the next 15 games before sustaining a pinched nerve in his neck at Calgary on February 3, 2004…Had 22 points (7-15=22) in 31 home games and seven points (1-6=7) in 27 road games. 

2002-03:  Finished third in scoring among Kings defensemen with 24 points (8-16=24)…Had his first ever two-goal game and his second career three-point game (2-1=3) in a 4-0 win at Atlanta on October 29, 2002…Played in his 200th career Kings/NHL game at Carolina on March 15, 2003…Averaged 19:20 of ice time per game…Missed 25 games due to injury or illness. 

2001-02:  Finished fourth in scoring among Kings defensemen with 21 points (4-17=21)…Two of his four goals were game winners…Played in his 100th career NHL/Kings game vs. San Jose on November 24, 2001…Averaged 16:14 of ice time per game. 

2000-01:  Led all rookie NHL defensemen in scoring with 39 points (7-32=39, fourth overall among all rookies)…Ranked second among rookies with 32 assists…Ranked third among rookies with a plus-16 rating…Had his first career three-point game (1-2=3) vs. Colorado on November 18, 2000…Joined New Jersey’s Colin White as a selection for the NHL’s All-Rookie Team on defense…Was the third Kings rookie to ever be named to the team (Rob Blake made the squad in 1991 and Steve Duchesne made the squad in 1987)…Named Kings Best Newcomer in a vote by local media…Scored his first career Kings/NHL goal at Phoenix on October 28, 2000…Three of his seven goals were game-winners…Averaged 16:58 of ice time per game. 

INTERNATIONAL PLAY:  Represented Slovakia at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games (6 GP, 1-1=2), at the 2005 World Championships (7 GP, 2-6=8), at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey (4 GP, 0-0=0) and at the 2003 World Championships where he led the tournament in points by a defenseman and earned a bronze medal (9 GP, 4-8=12)…Won a gold medal at the 2002 World Championships (5 GP, 2-1=3)…Also participated in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games (3 GP, 1-2=3)…Earned a silver medal at the 2000 World Championships (9 GP, 0-6=6)…Represented Slovakia at the 1999 World Championships (6 GP, 0-2=2), at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games (3 GP, 0-0=0), at the 1997 World Championships (8 GP, 0-1=1) and at the 1996 World Championships (5 GP, 0-1=1)…Also skated for his country at the 1996 World Junior Championships (6 GP, 1-5=6), at the  1996 World Cup of Hockey (1 GP, 0-0=0), at the 1995 World Junior Championships where he won a silver medal in Pool B (7 GP, 1-6=7).

 

PERSONAL: Lives in Bratislava, Slovakia, during the summer…nickname is Visna…has a horse named Tamino…favorite movie is Man on Fire…favorite actresses are Angelina Jolie and Jessica Alba…favorite actors are Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington and Robert De Niro…favorite band is the Red Hot Chili Peppers…favorite video game is PGA Tour golf…favorite NHL city other than LA is Denver…favorite book is Butterfly…favorite sport to play other than hockey is soccer…favorite sport to watch other than hockey is tennis…favorite hockey moment is his first NHL goal…favorite professional athlete is Michael Jordan…favorite vacation spot is Hawaii…favorite TV show is the Tonight Show with Jay Leno…favorite restaurants are Taiko Sushi, Koi and Katsuya…favorite foods are sushi and Italian food…favorite type of car is a Ferrari…favorite magazines are Maxim and Speed…childhood idol was Paul Coffey…favorite cereal is oatmeal…wears his jersey number because 17 is his lucky number…wants to take care of his family and stay involved with hockey when his playing career is over.