The Los Angeles Kings will honor retired defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky at Tuesday evening’s game against the Arizona Coyotes at Staples Center as part of their Legends Series.
Visnovsky played 499 regular-season games and 12 Stanley Cup playoff games with the Kings from 2000-08, part of a 14-season NHL career which also included time with the Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks and New York Islanders.
Visnovsky was selected to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team in 2001 after leading rookie defensemen in scoring with 39 points. He was chosen as the team’s MVP in the 2005-06 season, when he became the only defenseman to lead the Kings in scoring.
Visnovsky was the team’s top defenseman three times and played in the 2007 NHL All-Star Game.
Visnovsky played for his native Slovakia in the 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, helping it to a fourth-place finish in 2010. He was also part of the Slovakian teams that won a gold medal at the 2002 world championship, the silver medal in 2000 and bronze medal in 2003.
The game is also the second in the Kings’ four-game toy drive. Fans bringing an unwrapped gift to any Staples Center entrance before the game will receive a raffle ticket to be entered in a drawing for a pair of tickets to the Kings Jan. 10 game against the Ottawa Senators.
Toys collected during the drive will benefit such organizations as Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Children’s Burn Foundation, After School All Stars and Professional Child Development Associates.
The toy drive will also be held at games Thursday against the New Jersey Devils and Saturday against the Vegas Golden Knights.
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