The Wizard is hanging up his skates.
On Wednesday, longtime NHLer Ray Whitney announced his retirement from pro hockey at the age of 42.
“For the past 23 years, I have had the privilege of earning my living playing hockey in the National Hockey League,” Whitney said in a statement released by his agency, CAA Sports (per ESPN). “Along the way, I have made countless memories and friendships, which I will always cherish. Every city I played in, the fans welcomed my family and me with open arms, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that.”
Whitney, who won a Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006, currently sits 51st in NHL history with 1,330 games played and 63rd in points, with 1,064. The 23rd overall pick at the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, he broke in with San Jose during the club’s third season and helped the Sharks make their first-ever playoff appearance as a rookie, scoring 40 points in 61 games.
From there, Whitney had something of a nomadic existence playing in Edmonton, Florida, Columbus and Detroit before enjoying his best years in Carolina. After finishing second on the team with nine goals en route to the Cup, Whitney scored a career-high 32 goals and 83 points in 81 games during the 2006-07 campaign; he scored 20 or more goals in each of his final four seasons with the ‘Canes before a two-year stint in Phoenix, followed by a final two-year stint in Dallas.