Found April 01, 2012 on Fox Sports Arizona:
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ray Whitney was at a crossroads. The San Jose Sharks had just bought out their 1991 second-round pick after a season spent mostly in the minor leagues. His six-year NHL career had seemingly come to an end. It was time for a heart-to-heart with his dad. "We were talking (about playing in) Europe. We were talking police department -- talking a lot of other possibilities," said Floyd Whitney, a 32-year Edmonton police officer, a former part-time scout and practice goalie with the Oilers and Ray's dad. "I said, 'Give it another shot.'" Then-Edmonton general manager Glen Sather did the Whitneys a favor by inviting Ray to training camp in 1997, but he made no promises, and Whitney lasted just nine games with the Oilers before they waived him. But the Florida Panthers saw enough in that short span to bring Whitney aboard, and an against-all-odds NHL career took wing. "I've had to earn what Ive done," Whitney said. "...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Coyotes LW Whitney records 1,000th career point

After securing his 1,000th career point, Ray Whitney scored a goal and Mike Smith recorded his second straight shutout as host Phoenix moved into a tie for first place in the Pacific Division with Los Angeles, taking a 4-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Saturday. Whitney became the 79th player in NHL history to reach the milestone when he sent a cross-ice pass to Radim Vrbata...

Ducks routed by Whitney, Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Mike Smith had 44 saves in his second straight shutout and Ray Whitney passed 1,000 career points with a goal and assist in the Phoenix Coyotes' 4-0 rout of the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Antoine Vermette and Radim Vrbata also scored for the Coyotes, who with three games to play are tied with Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles...

Smith, Whitney lead Coyotes' rout of Anaheim

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Mike Smith had 44 saves in his second straight shutout and Ray Whitney passed 1,000 career points with a goal and assist in the Phoenix Coyotes' 4-0 rout of the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Antoine Vermette and Radim Vrbata also scored for the Coyotes, who are tied with Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles in points with 91 but...

Coyotes now tied for first in Pacific

Mike Smith had 44 saves in his second straight shutout and Ray Whitney passed 1,000 career points with a goal and assist in the Phoenix Coyotes' 4-0 rout of the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Antoine Vermette and Radim Vrbata also scored for the Coyotes, who are tied with Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles in points with 91, but the Kings own the tiebreaker...

Smith needs big performance against Ducks

The Phoenix Coyotes are locked in a four-team race for the Pacific Division title. To pick up two more valuable points, they'll have to avoid a fourth consecutive lopsided loss to their next opponent. The Anaheim Ducks have earned three straight decisive victories over Phoenix, which will be trying to win back-to-back games for the first time in more than a month Saturday night...

Coyotes announce team awards; Smith MVP

The Phoenix Coyotes announced Saturday the winners of the team's 2011-12 team awards. Goalie Mike Smith won the Frys Food Stores Team MVP Award and the Ganem Jewelers Three-Star Award, while forward Ray Whitney won the Desert Schools Leading Scorer Award. Captain Shane Doan won the Jukka Nieminen Memorial Trophy, given to the player voted by the fans as the teams hardest-working...

Phoenix Coyotes G Mike Smith posts 44-save shutout against Anaheim Ducks

Mike Smith posted his second straight shutout with a 4-0 Phoenix Coyotes win over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. It’s one more step for the ‘Yotes who are looking for a return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs under coach Dave Tippett. Smith’s prowess in net has propelled a 6-1-3 run in his last 10 after hitting a bit of a snag to open the month with four straight...

Ducks-Coyotes Preview

The Phoenix Coyotes are locked in a four-team race for the Pacific Division title. To pick up two more valuable points, they'll have to avoid a fourth consecutive lopsided loss to their next opponent. The Anaheim Ducks have earned three straight decisive victories over Phoenix, which will be trying to win back-to-back games for the first time in more than a month Saturday night...
All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.