Lubomir Visnovsky was evaluated by Islanders team doctors after Saturday’s loss to the Avalanche, and the team has decided to hold him out of the Sochi Olympic games.
The 37-year-old defenseman has missed 46 of the Isles’ 60 games this season with a concussion, and the team does not want to risk any further injury in non-NHL action.
“I’m honored to have been selected to represent Slovakia at the Sochi Games,” Visnovsky said, after the team announced their decision.
“I’m disappointed that I will not have this opportunity to compete for my country, but respect the decision the Islanders have made. I’m excited to watch Team Slovakia compete throughout the next two weeks and wish them all the best.”