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Vitaly Vishnevski
Vitaly Vishnevski
Position Defenceman
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
215 lb (98 kg)
KHL Team
F. Teams
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
New Jersey Devils (NHL)
Nashville Predators (NHL)
Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (NHL)
Khimik Moscow Oblast (RSL)
Torpedo Yaroslavl (RSL)
Nationality Flag of Ukraine Ukranian & Flag of Russia Russian
Born March 18 1980 (1980-03-18) (age 36),
Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
NHL Draft 5th overall, 1998
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Pro Career 1998 – present

Vitaly Viktorovich Vishnevski (also Vishnevsky; born March 18, 1980) is a Ukrainian & Russian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Playing careerEdit

After playing in the Russian Super League for Torpedo Yaroslavl, Vishnevski was drafted 5th overall by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He came to North America to start the 1999–00 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.

Vishnesvki 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. Vishnevski returned to Russia to play for Khimik Voskresensk during the 2004–05 NHL lockout.

In the 2005–06 NHL season, Vishnevski 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 Vishnevski 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. Vishnevski left the Predators at seasons 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. Vishnevski cleared waivers and decided to go play in the newly formed KHL with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on August 26, 2008.

Career statisticsEdit

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
NHL totals 552 16 52 68 494 40 0 5 5 18

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Russia Russia
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2009 Switzerland
World Junior Championships
Gold 1999 Winnipeg
Silver 1998 Helsinki

Played for Russia in:

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1998 Russia WJC 7 1 2 3 6
1999 Russia WJC 7 0 2 2 6
1999 Russia WC 6 0 1 1 8
2001 Russia WC 7 0 3 3 6
2004 Russia WCH 3 0 0 0 0
2006 Russia OG 8 0 1 1 4
2009 Russia WC 9 0 0 0 29
Junior int'l totals 14 1 4 5 12
Senior int'l totals 33 0 5 5 47


External linksEdit

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



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