Thursday, December 8, 2011GLENDALE, ARIZONA –
Phoenix Coyotes forward Ray Whitney
collected his 600th career assist tonight against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
|Ray Whitney notched his 600th NHL assist on Dec. 8, 2011 vs. Detroit. Photo by Dave Reginek. |
Whitney becomes only the 75th player in NHL history to reach 600 career regular season assists and the sixth-active player to do so joining Jaromir Jagr (966), Nicklas Lidstrom (868), Teemu Selanne (721), Joe Thornton (711) and Daniel Alfredsson (642).
The 5-foot-10, 180 pound Whitney has appeared in all 28 games for the Coyotes this season. He is tied for the team scoring lead (10-14-24) and is tied for the team lead in assists (14). Whitney recorded his fifth three-point game with Phoenix (1-2-3) on Nov. 29 at Chicago.
Last season, the 39-year-old native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta appeared in 75 games with the Coyotes (his first season in Phoenix), recording 17-40-57. He posted his sixth-consecutive season with at least 50 points and sixth season with at least 40 assists. On Nov. 13, 2001, he tied his career high for points in a game 3-2-5 versus the St. Louis Blues.
Whitney was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the second round (23rd overall) in the 1991 Entry Draft.