"For the past 23 years I have had the privilege of earning my living playing hockey in the National Hockey League," Whitney said in a statement released by his agency, CAA Sports. "Along the way I have made countless memories and friendships, which I will always cherish. Every city I played in, the fans welcomed my family and me with open arms, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that."
Whitney was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the second round (No. 23) of the 1991 NHL Draft and made his NHL debut with San Jose on April 15, 1992.
In 1,330 NHL games with eight teams, Whitney had 385 goals and 1,064 points. He was selected to two NHL All-Star Games.