BU Alum Ryan Whitney Announces Retirement From Professional Hockey

The Stanley Cup champion hung up his skates over the weekend.

Photo via AP

Photo via AP

Boston University alum and Scituate native Ryan Whitney has retired from professional hockey at 32, citing health issues. The 6-foot-4 defenseman made the announcement Sunday on Twitter:

Today I am retiring from the game of hockey. It’s impossible to put into words how much I love this sport. My mind has been flooded with so many amazing memories all day. From early morning rides to the rink with my dad, to having the privilege of representing my country in the Olympic Games, it truly has been a wonderful journey.

Unfortunately, my body broke down on me sooner than I had hoped. I’m 32 years old and you’re likely to find stronger and more stable ankles and feet on the residents at your local nursing home.

I will miss my teammates and being around the locker room the most. My best friends are the guys I played this game with. I share so many different memories with all of them that span over 20 years. That is what makes hockey to special.

It is remarkable how quickly it went by. There were many ups and obviously plenty of downs but I wouldn’t change a thing because it all made me into the person I am today. I dreamt of playing in the NHL my entire life and it all became a reality. It was an honor and I’m forever thankful to everyone who helped make my dreams come true.


Whitney appears to be in good spirits, at least.

Whitney attended Thayer Academy in Braintree before spending his senior year with the U.S. developmental team in Ann Arbor. He joined the Terriers in 2001, where he spent three years under legendary coach Jack Parker, capturing the Beanpot twice. Whitney started his nine-season NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, with stints in Anaheim, Edmonton, and Florida. He represented Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, earning a silver medal.

He last played for MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik of the Swedish Hockey League.