Whitney, late of Stars, announces retirement

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New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Ray Whitney, who played 22 National Hockey League seasons, announced his retirement on Thursday.

Whitney was unable to catch on with an NHL club this season, after posting nine goals and 32 points in 69 games for the Dallas Stars last year.

"For the past 23 years, I have had the privilege of earning my living playing hockey in the National Hockey League," Whitney related in a statement released by his agency, CAA Sports.

"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."

A former second-round pick of San Jose back in 1991, Whitney made his league debut late in the 1991-92 season. He completed his career with 385 goals and 679 assists over 1,330 appearances for the Sharks, Oilers, Panthers, Blue Jackets, Red Wings, Hurricanes, Coyotes and Stars.

In addition, Whitney participated in 108 postseason games and picked up 21 goals and 53 points.

Whitney's career season occurred in 2006-07 with Carolina -- the year after he helped the franchise win its lone Stanley Cup -- when he struck for a personal-best 83 points and tied a career high with 32 goals in 81 games.