Few players are named to a postseason NHL All-Star team for the first time at age 40. But Whitney was -- he was voted a Second-Team All-Star in 2012, a few weeks after his 40th birthday, following a season that saw him finish with 77 points (24 goals, 53 assists) with the Phoenix Coyotes.
The forward, a stick boy for the Edmonton Oilers during the Wayne Gretzky era, was the second player ever selected by the San Jose Sharks, who took him in the second round (No. 23) of the 1991 NHL Draft. Whitney and San Jose's first-round pick (No. 2), forward Pat Falloon, were junior teammates and helped Spokane of the Western Hockey League win the Memorial Cup in 1991.