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Former Carolina Hurricane Ray Whitney, aka ‘The Wizard,’ retires from NHL

Ray Whitney of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in game seven of the 2006 NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 19, 2006 at the RBC Center in Raleigh.
Ray Whitney of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in game seven of the 2006 NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 19, 2006 at the RBC Center in Raleigh. Getty Images

The “Wizard” is calling it a career.

Ray Whitney, who helped the Carolina Hurricanes win the 2006 Staney Cup, announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday. Whitney, 42, played 22 seasons in the NHL, including five with the Hurricanes.

Traded to Carolina before the 2005-2006 season, the winger played 372 games for the Canes and had 119 goals and 215 assists. He had nine goals and six assists in 24 games during the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs.

At 5 feet 10 and 180 pounds, Whitney said he often was told he was too small to play, once noting, "I heard that from the time I was bantam age all the way up." But he was a deft playmaker who could be at his best on the power play.

Twice selected for the NHL All-Star Game, the Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., native played a total of 1,330 NHL games for eight teams. He ends his career with 385 goals and 1,064 points.

Whitney played last season for the Dallas Stars, finishing with nine goals and 23 assists. An unrestricted free agent after the season, he went unsigned.

"For the past 23 years I have had the privilege of earning my living playing hockey in the National Hockey League," Whitney said 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."

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