The 39-year-old (at that time) entered his 1,226th NHL game with 999 career points. With the Coyotes already up 2-0 in the second period of the game, Whitney assisted on Radim Vrbata’s power play goal. Point 1,000 had finally come. Whitney had this to say after the game,
“It hasn’t been overly easy, I’ve had to earn what I’ve done. I’ve been on seven teams, I’ve been bought out twice, and I’ve been on waivers a couple of times. There’s been a couple of times where it didn’t look like it was going to go on any further so this is something I’m very proud of.”
It did not take very long for Whitney to begin the journey for the next 1,000 points as he scored a goal for point number 1,001 just 40 seconds after he scored his 1,000th.
Whitney ended his tenure with the Coyotes with 1,003 career points. Whitney played two seasons with the Coyotes scoring 134 points with the team. Whitney signed a 2-year $9 million contract with the Dallas Stars this offseason. Dallas will be the eighth NHL team Whitney has played for. The others: San Jose, Edmonton, Florida, Columbus, Detroit, Carolina and Phoenix.
NOTE: Prospective Coyotes owner Greg Jamison told Fox 10 News in Phoenix that, “There were a lot of political things that came as a part of this that had to be overcome. It took a long time to put a deal together, but now we’re at the point where I’m prepared to go forward and sign the deal with the city.”
The City of Glendale has responded that they are waiting for Jamison to purchase the team from the NHL before moving forward.