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Vitaly Vishnevski

Vitaly Vishnevski  #2

Defenseman
NUMBER: 2 BIRTHDATE: March 18, 1980
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Kharkov, Ukraine
WEIGHT: 215 DRAFTED: ANA / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (5th overall)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1999) Named Best Defenseman at WJC-A (1999) Signed as a free agent by Voskresensk (Russia), August 25, 2004. Traded to Atlanta by Anaheim for Karl Stewart, Atlanta's 2nd round choice (later traded to Colorado - Colorado selected T.J. Galiardi) in 2007 Entry Draft and future considerations, August 17, 2006. Traded to Nashville by Atlanta for Eric Belanger, February 10, 2007. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 10, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (KHL). August 26, 2008.
Quote of the Day

I watched many times this year the series between the Russians and Canada in 1972, and he was a dominating player there. After I watched the tapes, I respect him a lot more because he turned the series around. He was the guy. In that time, he was the best in the world. It’s a big honor for me to tie him.

— Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr on scoring the 717th goal of his career to tie Phil Esposito for fifth on the NHL's all-time goals list after a 4-3 win vs. the Lightning on Sunday