By: Mark Allred | Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277
Happy 53rd Birthday To Former Boston Bruins Goaltender Kay Whitmore!
Whitmore was born on April 10th, 1967, in Sudbury, Ontario and played his junior hockey with the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League from the 1983-84 to 1986-87 seasons. Kay was selected in the second round (26th Overall) of the 1985 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Hartford Whalers. Whitmore spent his first four seasons of professional hockey bouncing up and down from the Whalers top minor-pro American Hockey League affiliates and at the NHL level in Hartford. In his Whalers NHL career, he posted a record of 23-33-10 with a 3.61 goals-against-average and .875 save percentage.
After Kay’s time with his first NHL organization in Hartford, he was traded in October of 1992 to the Vancouver Canucks for goaltender Corrie D’Alessio and cash. The 5′-11″ 175-pound netminder would spend the next three seasons on the west coast of North America. Whitmore’s time with the Canucks ended in March of 1996 when he was traded back to the East Coast to join the New York Rangers organization for resident tough guy Joe Kocur. Kay spent the next several seasons as a journeyman goaltender in the American Hockey League and the International Hockey League.
In August of 1999, Whitmore signed with the Boston Bruins as a free agent as a 32-year-old would spend a majority of his time in the Bruins organization playing with their minor-pro affiliate the Providence Bruins. In his two seasons with Providence, Kay had a record of 30-27-5 and in the 2000-01 campaign returned to the NHL after a long hiatus appearing in five games for the Bruins for injured goaltenders Byron Dafoe and John Grahame. A strange scenario went on while with the Boston organization when the Bruins traded Whitmore to Edmonton in late December of 1999 for defenseman Mike Matteucci but would return to Boston via trade from Edmonton in July of 2000 for future considerations.
Whitmore would retire from the game of hockey in September of 2002 and would finish his NHL career with a record of 60-64-16, a 3.13 GAA, and .875 Save%. after his professional hockey career was over, Whitmore returned to his junior team in Peterborough, this time as an assistant coach where he’d spend the two seasons behind the Pete’s bench from 2002-03 to 2003-04. Kay is currently the NHL’s supervisor of goaltending affairs where he’s constantly reviewing rules and regulations of the league’s netminders.