Neil Koepke previews the home-opening series vs. LSSU.
Whitten joined the Spartan program after spending two seasons playing in the East Coast Hockey League. With the Arkansas RiverBlades in 2002-03, he collected 12-27--39 totals in 69 games. He joined the Greenville Grrrowl of the ECHL, helping the squad to the 2001-2002 league championship with 9-23--32 points in 64 regular-season games and 2-3--5 totals in 15 playoff games.
A left wing for MSU from 1997-2001, Whitten appeared in 166 games as a Spartan, ending his collegiate career with 75 points (35 goals, 40 assists). Whitten's class left MSU as the winningest senior class in program history with a four-year record of 122-28-20, including trips to the Frozen Four in 1999 and 2001 and a NCAA quarterfinal appearance in 1998. During Whitten's playing days, MSU won the CCHA regular-season championship in 1998, 1999 and 2001 and captured the CCHA playoff championship in 1998, 2000 and 2001.
As a senior, he received the Blue Line President's Award as the top scholar-athlete in the senior class and the Amo Bessone Award, which is presented for athletic, scholastic and community participation. He was a two-time nominee for the Hockey Humanitarian Award and was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten At-Large honoree.
Prior to MSU, Whitten spent the 1996-1997 season with the St. Michaels Buzzers of the Provincial Junior `A' Hockey League, where he led the team in short-handed goals and earned the Unsung Hero award. Whitten also led the Detroit Freeze (NAHL) in short-handed goals when he played there from 1995-1996 after graduating from Brighton High School in 1995. Whitten earned four letters in hockey at Brighton and was elected captain as a senior. In addition, he earned team MVP, Kensington Valley Conference MVP and was an all-state selection that season.
Whitten started playing hockey as a goaltender when he was five years old and remained between the pipes until his junior season at Brighton, when took the ice as a forward. Whitten earned second-team all-league for his goaltending talent in 1991-1992.
Born April 5, 1977, Whitten earned his bachelor's degree in communications from MSU in 2001. He is currently working on his master's degree in coaching/kinesiology.
He married the former Angie Busalacchi on July 31, 2004.