NEW YORK - Stanley Cup champion, two-time NHL All-Star and 1,000-point scorer Ray Whitney has joined the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety, NHL Senior Vice President Player Safety George Parros announced today.
The second player ever drafted by the San Jose Sharks (23rd overall in 1991), Whitney used his elite hockey sense and deft playmaking ability to become one of the League's most consistently productive players during a 22-season NHL career with eight teams. He scored 385 goals with 679 assists for 1,064 points in 1,330 NHL games.
Whitney scored 20 or more goals in 10 different seasons. In 2006, he scored nine goals with six assists in the postseason in helping the Carolina Hurricanes win the Stanley Cup. The next season, he established career highs in goals (32) and points (83) with the Hurricanes.
The native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., also represented the Florida Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets, respectively, in the 2000 and 2003 NHL All-Star Games. He also represented Canada in four IIHF World Championships. Ray and his wife, Brijet, daughters, Hanna and Harper, and son, Hudson, reside in Scottsdale, Ariz.