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James Wisniewski
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Born February 21, 1984 (1984-02-21) (age 36)
Canton, MI, USA
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
Montreal Canadiens
New York Islanders
Chicago Blackhawks
Anaheim Ducks
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
NHL Draft 156th overall, 2002
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2004–present

James Joseph Wisniewski (born February 21, 1984 in Canton, Michigan) is an NHL ice hockey defenceman whose rights belong to the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks with the 156th overall pick in the 2002 NHL Draft.

Wisniewski also played for the Chicago Blackhawks for 4 seasons, the Anaheim Ducks for 2 seasons, the New York Islanders for 1 season and the Montreal Canadiens for 1 season before his rights were traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2012 for the Canadiens.


  • He was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team in the 2000-01 season.
  • He was named to the OHL First All-Star Team in the 2003-04 season.
  • He won the OHL Max Kaminsky Trophy in the 2003-04 season.
  • He was named to the CHL First All-Star Team in the 2003-04 season.
  • He was named the CHL Defenceman of the Year in the 2003-04 season.


He signed with Admiral Vladivostok of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) for the 2016–17 season and parted ways with the club in December 2016 after 16 games. He then headed to Switzerland to join HC Lugano for the Spengler Cup. He helped the club get to the Spengler Cup final.

On January 26, 2017, Wisniewski signed a contract for a 25-game professional tryout with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL, affiliate to the St. Louis Blues, before moving back to Europe, signing with German DEL2 side Kassel Huskies on October 11, 2017.


Wisniewski attended Canton High School in Canton, Michigan. He is married and has two daughters. Wisniewski started a clothing line called WizWear. Which supports the USO of Illinois, the families of fallen soldiers. Both of his grandfathers fought in World War II.

Wisniewski is the nephew of former NHL player and coach Billy Dea. He is an accomplished amateur golfer and has won a club championship at Jack Nicklaus' Muirfield Village Golf Club.

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