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Defenseman Whitney announces retirement

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Defenseman Ryan Whitney, who spent nine seasons in the NHL, announced his retirement on his Twitter account on Sunday.

Whitney, 32, who was selected with the fifth pick in the 2002 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, last played in the NHL in 2013-14 with the Florida Panthers.

In 481 NHL games with the Penguins, Anaheim Ducks Edmonton Oilers and Panthers, Whitney had 50 goals, 259 points and 383 penalty minutes. He had three goals and 14 points in 38 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Whitney also represented the Unites States in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, winning a silver medal.

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