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Ray Whitney wants the kids to quit texting their girlfriends at work

Mar 22, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT


Dallas Stars forward Ray Whitney recently spoke with Mayor’s Manor about a variety of subjects — specifically, his ideas on how young players should conduct themselves.

Whitney, 40, is the NHL’s fourth-oldest player and is in the midst of his 21st season. He didn’t yell at the kids to get off his lawn or anything, but it’s still a good rant nonetheless:

In my day, if you were to walk around with your headset on and ride the bike with a cell phone in your hand – stuff like that pisses me off.

It’s the one thing I can relate to the young guys. I say, ‘Listen, when you’re at the rink it’s work time. You can put your stuff away, and you can worry about your girlfriend’s text messaging and stuff later. It’s time to get down to business.’

So there’s differences in the game now with how people are, how people act, and how they think they should be treated.

I’m still a little bit old school, where you get treated how you work and how you perform.

It’s gotta be tough for Whitney to relate sometimes. I mean, the guy made his NHL debut in 1992, the same year Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak was born. (Ironically enough, Oleksiak made his NHL debut this season.)

Dallas also has a bunch of regulars that are 23 or younger — Jamie Benn, Antoine Roussel, Brenden Dillon, Cody Eakin — so you can’t blame Whitney for occasionally snapping when they’re goofing around on their iFacepads or whatever. He comes by it naturally.

Anyway, the entire Mayor’s Manor interview is pretty good, so definitely go check it out. Be sure to read Whitney’s bit about how it’s important to crush a few beers with the guys after the game, so long as the wife is cool with it. Some solid life advice there.

  1. cordellanderson - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    What a square

    • valoisvipers - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      It’s called being focused and that’s something more people should have.

  2. trbowman - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    I’ll take it one step further than Ray – texting has gone way overboard, period. It’s nice for quick messages that don’t merit a phone-call. Otherwise, pick up the damn phone and call me if you want to have a real conversation.

  3. sjsharks66 - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Im writing this on my phone….at work.

  4. sectualvanilla - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    …..says the loser with no friends.

  5. LampyB - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Best use of “iFacepads” ever.

  6. dt58 - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Couldn’t agree more. Lots of people have talent but its his work ethic that’s kept him playing this long.

  7. thehighcountrybear - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Ray may be a square, but he’s not likely to be found in a corner wearing a pointy hat…

    OTTAWA — Parents who buy their children laptops as a send-off gift to university aren’t doing them any favours, suggests a new study showing portable computers distract students and detract from learning in lecture halls.

    Instead of zeroing in on the lecture, students who brought laptops to class spent considerable time e-mailing, surfing the Internet and playing games, posing a “significant” distraction to both users and fellow students.

    Further, the study found a relationship between laptop use in class and a weaker understanding of course material and a lower overall course performance; the students with laptops earned an average grade of five per cent lower than if they hadn’t brought the computers.

  8. r8rbhawk - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Ray is right. I was a locker room assistant for a minor league hockey team from 1996-2000. Whit (he was not called the Wizard yet) actually played half a season with us in ’96 or ’97 before being called back up to the NHL. Rarely if ever did I see any of the boys playing with walkmans/discmans (back then). Mostly it was the goalies trying to get into the “zone.” The boys would typically ride the bike in front of the tube or in the training room. The boys would either focus on the task at hand or talk to each other while doing their bike rides, warmups, or stretching. Music was played over the soundsystem, not through individual devices. I can’t say if there was more comaraderie then than now because I have not been in a pro hockey locker room recently, but I have a feeling back then is better than now. One of the only reasons why a guy like Ray is still in the NHL is because he actually has focused on his craft and taken himself seriously and kept the ice rink a workplace.

  9. kegmen7 - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    I dont know, just because guys have technology on them doesn’t mean they aren’t working hard or aren’t dedicated. There are a lot more people playing hockey now than ever before, and when you add in the influx of European players I would imagine it even harder to make it into the NHL now than it was in 1992 so I think its a bit of an overstatement to say these guys aren’t dedicated or hardworking because they have and ipad or iphone on them at work- they wouldn’t be in the NHL if they weren’t all of those things. I also bet many of those older players would be doing the same thing now if they grew up in the environment which younger players did and i’m sure old timers like Gordie Howe think Ray’s generation are a bunch of wusses for wearing helmets. Things and people change with the times.

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