Posted by: emmaharger | March 13, 2012

Man of the Day 3/13: Lubomir Visnovsky

Ľubomír Višňovský

Born August 11, 1976 (age 35) in Topolcany, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)

Defenseman for the Anaheim Ducks

Time to Better Know a Hockey Card! Visnovsky started out playing in the Slovakian hockey club Slovan Bratislava before being drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 2000. He made the Kings for 2000-01 and had a very good first year, scoring 39 points, the most among all rookie defensemen. He stayed a King for seven seasons, including a then-career high 67-point campaign in 2005-06. Maybe he was happy to be back after the lockout, even though when he went back home that year, he was voted the best player in the whole country.

The very day before his no-trade clause was scheduled to take effect in 2008, Visnovsky found himself traded to Edmonton. He dislocated his shoulder in a February 2009 game against Chicago and it turned out he needed season-ending labrum surgery, but he was fine to play again the next season. He stayed with Edmonton for most of 2009-10 and was traded yet again in March 2010, this time to Anaheim in exchange for fellow MotD and hockey-card-I-own Ryan Whitney and a 2010 draft pick. Visnovsky did something no Ducks d-man had ever done before in March 2011: scored a hat trick. His final goal for that honor came with just four seconds left in overtime.

Not bad, not bad at all.

Visnovsky is also adept at representing Slovakia internationally. He’s put on the blue sweater many times since 1996, whether for Worlds (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2011), the World Cup (1996, 2004) or the Olympics (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010). Last season as a Duck, he bested his career-best by netting 68 points. Even though he too is old enough but constitutionally disallowed from running for president, he still seems to be going pretty strong doing what he loves to do.

Can't argue with that.

-Emma


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