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Born February 19, 1983 (1983-02-19) (age 27),
Scituate, MA, USA
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
NHL team
F. teams
Edmonton Oilers
Anaheim Ducks
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 5th overall, 2002
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2004present
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver 2010 Vancouver Tournament

Ryan Whitney (born February 19, 1983 in Scituate, Massachusetts), is an American professional ice hockey defenseman playing for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League.


Playing career

Whitney enrolled at Thayer Academy, a college-prep school in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1998, and almost immediately logged significant playing time. Head coach Jack Foley often paired Whitney, a freshman, with senior, and future Penguins teammate, Brooks Orpik.

Whitney's size and skill drew the attention of the U.S. national team's development program. After initially resisting the programs invitations, he left Thayer for the Michigan-based program in Ann Arbor for his senior year of high school.

After graduating from high school, Whitney accepted a full scholarship to play for Jack Parker at Boston University. In his freshman year, he recorded 21 points in 35 games and was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. He was then taken by the Pittsburgh Penguins fifth overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Upon completing his third year with Boston, Whitney made his professional debut with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Pittsburgh's American Hockey League affiliate, in the 2004 Calder Cup Playoffs. He played in 20 games, recording 10 points, however, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was defeated by the Milwaukee Admirals in the finals.

Following his debut in the AHL playoffs, Whitney joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the 2004–05 season, foregoing his fourth and final year of college hockey in Boston. Under head coach Michel Therrien, Whitney played in 80 games in 2004–05, recording 41 points and 101 penalty minutes.

In 2005–06, Whitney made his National Hockey League debut with Pittsburgh and played in 68 games. He was called up on October 31, 2005, to replace injured defenseman Dick Tärnström and remained on the team until the season ended. His first NHL goal came on December 1 against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.[1] He finished the season with 6 goals and 32 assists.

With an NHL season under his belt, Whitney busted out for 59 points in 2006–07. The Penguins improved from a last-place finish in the Eastern Conference the year before, to a playoff berth with Whitney part of the youth movement in Pittsburgh that included Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and Marc-André Fleury.

Whitney's offensive production dropped in 2007–08, posting 40 points in 76 games. However, the Penguins finished second in the Eastern Conference and Whitney contributed 6 points in the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as Pittsburgh made it to the Finals against the Detroit Red Wings. Despite staving off elimination in game five, Pittsburgh was defeated the following game.

In the subsequent off-season, it was revealed that Whitney was suffering from a chronic foot injury throughout the season. Although correction was attempted with orthopedic inserts in his skates, he underwent surgery on August 15, 2008 to realign his left foot.

On February 26, 2009, Whitney was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi.[2] He scored a goal to go with five assists during the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Ducks made it to Game 7 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals, losing to the Detroit Red Wings.

On February 4, 2010, He was selected to the United States Men's olympic ice hockey team as a replacement for Mike Komisarek of the Toronto Maple Leafs who couldn't play due to injury. It was Whitney's first time as an Olympic participant.

On March 3, 2010, Whitney was traded along with a 6th round draft pick to the Edmonton Oilers for Lubomir Visnovsky.[3]

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Thayer Academy ISL 22 5 33 38 -
2000–01 USNTDP U18 40 7 23 30 64
2000–01 USNTDP USHL 20 2 8 10 22
2001–02 Boston University HE 35 4 17 21 46
2002–03 Boston University HE 34 3 10 13 48
2003–04 Boston University HE 38 9 16 25 56
2003–04 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 20 1 9 10 0
2004–05 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 80 6 35 41 101 11 2 7 9 12
2005–06 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 9 5 9 14 6 11 1 4 5 8
2005–06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 68 6 32 38 85
2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 14 45 59 77 5 1 1 2 6
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 12 28 40 45 20 1 5 6 25
2008–09 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 1 0 1 1 2
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 28 2 11 13 16
2008–09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 20 0 10 10 12 13 1 5 6 9
NHL totals 273 34 126 160 235 38 3 11 14 40


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