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 was a big dream. [Messi] is probably the best athlete out there, so it's a big honor, for [Kuznetzov] as well. It's maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the best player in soccer right now. I'm a big Barcelona fan and Messi fan, so it's huge. You can take [Michael] Jordan, [Mark] Messier, [Wayne] Gretzky, those kinds of [people]. It's an honor to meet. It's nice to be in that position.
— Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin told told Monumental Network after meeting soccer star Lionel Messi prior to Argentina's practice at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Md. on Friday