A two-time U.S. National Junior Team member at the World Junior Championships (2002, 2003), Whitney has also played for the U.S. at the 2001 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, collecting nine points (2-7-9) in 20 games in a Team USA uniform.
In 2000-01, he played for the U.S. National Under-18 Team, part of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, and registered 40 points (9-31-40). His 40 points, ranks sixth in NTDP history among defensemen for a season.
It's an incredible feeling just to see it go in and see the Joe go pretty crazy. Ever since the introduction there, I was kind of feeling the nerves, and to put that one home, I started to feel comfortable and I thought my play started to pick up.
— Nineteen-year-old Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin after scoring a goal in his NHL debut
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