It has been one hectic weekend for Joe Whitney. He was recalled by the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. Made his NHL debut Friday night against the Washington Capitals and played on a line with legend Jaromir Jagr. Then he was returned to Albany the next day and played in “Joe Whitney Bobblehead Night”. Now come Monday he was named to the last spot of the AHL All-Star Classic Roster.
The All-Star Classic is a very cool event hosted every year. The game will take place in St. John’s, Newfoundland between Feb. 11-12.
The cool thing about it is that the AHL All-Stars play against Farjestad BK, one of the elite teams in the Swedish Hockey league, also known as the Elitserien.
Whitney has been the top-scorer for Albany for the past three seasons. He is also on the verge of becoming the top-scorer in franchise history.
Stephen Gionta holds the crown for both most points (140) and most goals (58) in Albany. Whitney sits at 132 points and just one goal shy with 57. Both Whitney and Gionta are very small players with good AHL track records and maybe one day Whitney will be able to fill a role like Gionta does for the Devils.
Nonetheless it is impressive for Whitney to be named an AHL All-Star and should be proud of the achievement.