Last week, Kings fans emailed in questions for Kings defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky. The following is what fans wanted to know and what Lubo's responses were in our April Ask A King.
This year you have definitely taken your play to a whole new level. What do you think made the difference? --Bill from San Diego, CA
Because the red line is no longer in play and it's a more offensive game. The new rules also mean that we're on the power play more often. That also fits my style of play.
How did it feel to play for your country in the Olympics at Italy? --Jessica D. from North Hollywood, CA
It was a little bit different because we played a more European style. It was also nice to be on a team where everybody speaks the same language. It was fun.
What would your profession be if you did not decide to become a professional hockey player? --Jamie from Pasadena, CA
I don't know. That's a very tough question. I'm really into cars. Maybe I would have been a F-1 driver.
What is your favorite "Southern California" thing to do during off time? What do you do here that you never did in Slovakia? --David from Moreno Valley, CA
I love to go to the beach. I love walking in the sand and soaking up all of the sunshine.
What is the most cherished/memorable moment that you have experienced with the Kings? --Jema from Burbank, CA
Making it into the second round of the playoffs during my first year with the Kings. Being there when Adam Deadmarsh scored the overtime goal to beat Detroit.
Which current NHL player do you admire the most and why? --Gina from Diamond Bar, CA
I'm a defenseman, and the best defensemen in the league are Nicklas Lidstrom and Scott Niedermayer.
What's your favorite part about being a defenseman? --Christopher from London, Canada
I like that I'm a good skater and I really like to make that tough pass that leads to a goal.
What was your reaction when you found out that Andy Murray was relieved from his coaching duties with only a few more games left in the season? --Jessica D. from North Hollywood, CA
That was tough for me because Andy was the only head coach I had here in five years with the Kings. I knew what to expect from him after being on his team for so long. I was surprised when it happened, but that's hockey. The GM thought it would be good for the team to get a new coach. I accept that and I will play hard for the new coach.
Do you ever get nervous before any certain games? --Lauren from Derry, NH
Sometimes, when we lose a couple of games and I'm not playing well, I get a little nervous before a game. But that goes away after just a few shifts.
Being a smaller defenseman, how do you best make up for your smaller size especially when matched up against larger players? -- Brett from West Covina, CA
It's good for me, a smaller player, to be a good skater.
Do your family and friends back home get to see you play very often? --Dominick from Oceanside, CA
My brother is here now, and my family also gets a chance to watch me on TV back home. I love both countries. I spend eight months in LA playing hockey and four months in Slovakia with my family.