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Damon Whitten
Damon Whitten

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Brighton, Mich.

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 190

Position:
Left Wing

Birthdate:
04/05/1977

Previous Team:
St. Michaels Buzzers


1999-2000: Ranked sixth on the team with a career-high 10-14--24 points in 39 games • Tied for third on the team and third among forwards with a +17 rating • MSU was 9-0-0 when he has a goal, 16-1-1 when he has a point • Missed three games due to injury or suspension and MSU went 0-3-0 in those games • Had points in eight of his first nine games this season (6-4--10 in that time) • 22 of his 24 points have come in the first or second period, including 13 first-period points • Led the second power-play unit with 11 points with the extra man • Four times scored the first goal of the game • Had a power-play goal and an assist vs. Michigan Tech in the GLI semifinals (12/29).

1998-99: Appeared in all 42 games and finished with 9-5--14 • His nine goals were good for sixth on the team, while his 14 points placed him in a tie for ninth • Had 12 points in CCHA games, seventh-best on the team • Nearly half (four) of his goals came on the power play while a pair were game winners • Had a four-game goal-scoring stretch from 1/2-1/9, matching the longest goal-scoring stretch of the season by any Spartan • First goal of the year was the game winner against Massachusetts (10/17) • Scored the game-winning goal in the championship game of the GLI against Michigan • Goal came on the power play at 11:41 of the first period and stood up in the 3-1 win • Had a career-best three-point night against Miami (1/8) and a two-point game against Michigan (1/29) • Earned Academic All-Big Ten status.

1997-98: Played in 43 of 44 games, finishing third among Spartan freshmen with 4-9--13 • Had an impressive +14 plus/minus rating • Skated as the LW on the all-freshman line prior to Jon Gaskins' injury • From that point on, he took Gaskins' place alongside Sean Berens • Recorded his first career goal vs. Notre Dame (10/31) • Had season-high two points vs. BGSU (11/22) and Lake Superior (2/27) • Put together a three-game point-scoring streak when he registered 2-2--4 (2/21-2/28).

PRIOR TO MSU: A native of Brighton, he spent 1996-97 playing junior hockey with the St. Michaels Buzzers of the Provincial Junior `A' Hockey League • Totaled 21-25--46 in 50 games for the Buzzers, earning the team's Unsung Hero award • A key penalty killer, he led the team in short-handed goals • Spent 1995-96 with the Detroit Freeze (NAHL), where he posted 14-30--44 in 43 games • Lettered for four years at Brighton High School, where he was the captain his senior season and totaled 28-23--51 in 26 games in 1994-95 • Had played goaltender until his junior season in high school, when he split time between the pipes (20 games) and as a forward (six) • Ferris State goaltender Mike Szkodzinski was a high school teammate • Whitten was the team MVP and an all-state selection as a senior, after earning second-team all-league as a goalie in 1991-92 • Also played for the Michigan Selects.

PERSONAL: Born April 5, 1977 • A communication major • An honor roll student at Brighton High • Enjoys reading and weightlifting • His biggest hockey influence is Quent Riha, whose goaltending school he attended for 10 years • Now has summer job as a manager at the school • Cousin, Adam Burt, plays for the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL • Son of Terry Whitten and Sharon and Paul Moggach.

CAREER STATISTICS

YEAR      GP    G     A    PTS    PEN/MIN
1997-98	  43    4     9	   13     23/57
1998-99	  42    9     5    14     30/84
1999-2000 39    10    14   24     30/74

TOTALS 124 23 28 51 83/215

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