ALBANY, NY – The last five days for Joe Whitney have looked like this:
- Thursday– Recalled by New Jersey
- Friday – Made NHL debut against Capitals
- Saturday – Returned on loan to Albany
- Saturday – Played for Albany during “Joe Whitney Bobblehead Night”
- Sunday – Played against Binghamton, registered an assist
- Monday – Named to the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic
The American Hockey League announced the last bullet point Monday, sending Whitney to St. John’s, Newfoundland between Feb. 11-12. The event takes place just prior to the start of the men’s Olympic hockey tournament and pits the AHL against Färjestad BK, one of the top professional teams in the Swedish Hockey League.
Whitney, who has led the Devils in scoring for the last three seasons, is tied for 12th in the AHL with 37 points, backed by a team-best 16 goals and 22 assists.
During his career as a Devil, Whitney has produced 132 points and 57 goals, which rank second all-time in franchise history. He trails Stephen Gionta (140 and 58, 2006-13) in both categories.
The AHL All-Star team roster now stands at 22 players – 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders – selected by a committee of AHL coaches and general managers. St. John’s defenseman Brenden Kichton and Hamilton goaltender Dustin Tokarski were both added to the roster Monday.
Whitney’s 2013-14 Statistics