Looking back at the great defenseman in Kings history, several names come to mind: Blake, Murphy, Duchesne, Schnieder...
Prepare to add the name Visnovsky to that list.
In just his fifth campaign with the Kings, defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is having a season to remember for Los Angeles. The 29-year old defenseman is making a serious bid to become the first King ever to take home the NHL's Norris Trophy, ranking amongst the highest scoring defenseman in the league. Visnovsky has also spent a good chunk of the season as the Kings team leader in points, making him a contender to become the first defenseman in the franchise's history to finish the season in that position.
In addition to his sterling regular season, Visnovsky participated in his first Olympic Games in 2006, teaming with fellow King Pavol Demitra to help his native Slovakia go 6-1 in Olympic play. Unfortunately for the teammates, a quarterfinal loss to the Czech Republic cost them a chance at a medal.
This season, the man they call "Lubo" has obliterated his previous career-highs in just about every category and has even made his mark on the franchise record books. Entering the weekend, Visnovsky's 65 points put him fifth on the franchise single season scoring list. He will almost assuredly pass Larry Murphy (66 points in 1981-82) and Rob Blake (68 points in 1993-94) to move up to third on that list before the season ends.
Have a question for the Kings star? Now is your chance to get it answered. E-mail Visnovsky at email@example.com
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