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Lubomir Visnovsky crashed his racing Ferrari

Aug 18, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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How players spend their offseason differs from guy to guy. For Lubomir Visnovsky, he spends his summer filing a grievance to avoid being traded to the Islanders and he’s a race car driver too.

We found out about the latter part today when a report out of Slovakia stated the 36 year-old defenseman crashed his Ferrari during a race this afternoon (link in Slovak). Here’s a poorly translated account from the story from

“Lubomir Visnovsky for his Ferrari at the exit of the second bend mishandled control at high speed and crashed head-on into a barrier. Luckily escaped without serious injuries,” the report said.

Uh, yikes.

Thankfully it sounds like he’s OK, but we’ll keep you updated on his situation.

Update (2:28 p.m. ET): Some in the comments asked if he had permission to race cars and according to Mathias Strozyk, the Isles did give the OK for Visnovsky to participate.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Poor guy that’s even more expensive for a Ferrari

  2. t16rich - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    We all crash our Ferrari once or twice in a life time. Good to hear he is safe though. A Ferrari in the wrong drivers hands can be a death machine.

  3. hockeyflow33 - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Wonder if they can void his contract now? Most contracts has restricted activity clauses; I imagine Ferrari racing is one of those.

    • Joe Yerdon - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      Just added an update to the story. The Isles did approve his participation.

      • manchestermiracle - Aug 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

        So Islander management must be as clueless as advertised.

  4. rushledger - Aug 18, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    If he loses his arbitration he could always say he had nagging injuries from the accident and miss the season.

  5. necromerlin - Aug 18, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Heck, I’d crash my car to get out of playing for the Islanders too.

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