Forty. To some it represents the halfway point in life; the start of the back nine. To Ray Whitney, its just a number. It has no meaning.
None, he said with a quick shake of the head that suggested we should move on to the next topic.
Age hasnt impacted Whitneys play this season. He led the Coyotes with 77 points during the regular season, and he has six points thus far in the postseason.
But Coyotes captain Shane Doan suspects theres a deeper reason Whitney is loathe to talk about his milestone birthday that came a day after the team advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history.
I think Whitneys a lot older than 40, Doan said with a grin.
Whitney wasnt born in the Dominican Republic, so we have no reason to question his birth certificate. Besides, as we stated earlier, it didnt matter this season as he and a handful of graying players like Nicklas Lidstrom, Martin Brodeur and Teemu Selanne pushed the NHLs age ceiling a little bit higher. ...