When you think of players who scored 1,000 points in the NHL, the last name to come to mind is often Ray Whitney. And on Wednesday, one of the NHL’s best and quietest scorers called it a career.
Whitney, 42, was prolific with every team he ever went to, and a model of consistency. He was a 10-time 20-goal scorer, nine-time 60-plus point getter, yet was only named to any of the league’s season-ending all-star teams on one occasion, a second team nod in 2011-12.
The reality is that Whitney isn’t often thought as of one of the greats because he never took home any individual honors. Never was he voted MVP or did he win a scoring trophy, and many of his seasons went by without any great accolades being heaped upon him. But on March 31, 2012, he became just the 79th player in league history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
Whitney also never finished in the top 10 for points in any season he played. Only once did he finish in the top 10 for goals, which happened in 1997-98 when, after spending nine games with the Edmonton Oilers and 68 with the Florida Panthers, a 25-year-old Whitney tallied 33 goals.
A second-round draft pick of the San Jose Sharks in 1991, Whitney played for the Sharks, Oilers, Panthers, Blue Jackets, Red Wings, Hurricanes, Coyotes, and Stars over the course of his career. He was a part of Carolina’s Stanley Cup run in 2006, scoring nine times and adding six assists in 24 games.
The best season of his career came the following year, 2006-07, when Whitney scored 32 goals and registered 83 points at 34. In his final season, a 69-game campaign in 2013-14 with the Dallas Stars, Whitney had nine goals and 32 points.
Congratulations to the man often called ‘The Wizard’ on an incredible career.