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Derek Robert Whitmore (born December 17, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey forward who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for the Reading Royals in the ECHL.

Derek Whitmore
Derek Whitmore.jpg
Born (1984-12-17) December 17, 1984 (age 34)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
team
Former teams
Free Agent
Buffalo Sabres
Augsburger Panther
Iserlohn Roosters
Vienna Capitals
Straubing Tigers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present

Playing careerEdit

After playing four seasons at Bowling Green State University, he signed a professional contract with the Sabres on March 26, 2008. On July 14, 2010 he re-signed with the Sabres for one year as a restricted free agent.[1] On July 7, 2011, Whitmore was re-signed to a one-year contract by the Buffalo Sabres.[2] He made his NHL debut with the team on December 20, 2011.

To begin the 2012-13 season, Whitmore signed a try-out contract with the St. John's IceCaps of the AHL, an affiliate, of the Winnipeg Jets. After 7 games, he was released from his agreement and left for Germany signing for the remainder of the campaign with Augsburger Panther of the DEL, on November 28, 2012.[3] Whitmore scored 23 points in 26 games with the Panthers and was rewarded with a one-year contract extension.

On July 7, 2013, Whitmore used an out-clause in his newly signed contract with Augsburger to return to North America with NHL aspirations.[4] He was signed to a one-year AHL contract with the Hershey Bears the following day.[5] In the 2013–14 season, Whitmore was reassigned on loan from the Bears to the Adirondack Phantoms on March 12, 2014.[6]

Whitmore opted to return to Germany in the off-season, signing a one-year contract as a free agent with the Iserlohn Roosters of the DEL on August 26, 2014.[7] In the 2014–15 season with the Roosters, Whitmore although hampered at times through injury, contributed with 16 goals in 35 games.

On May 21, 2015, Whitmore left the Roosters as a free agent to join Austrian club, the Vienna Capitals of the EBEL on a one-year contract.[8] In his one season in Austria, Whitmore appeared in 36 games with the Capitals, providing 19 points.

On July 27, 2016, Whitmore decided to return to Germany and the DEL, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Straubing Tigers.[9]

After three seasons abroad, Whitmore returned to North America as a free agent before agreeing to an ECHL contract with the Reading Royals on August 24, 2017.[10]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Butte Irish AWHL 54 21 21 42 19
2002–03 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 58 15 13 28 51 6 1 0 1 0
2003–04 Lincoln Stars USHL 45 19 23 42 22
2003–04 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 10 2 0 2 6
2004–05 Bowling Green State University CCHA 33 11 6 17 14
2005–06 Bowling Green State University CCHA 34 13 6 19 17
2006–07 Bowling Green State University CCHA 38 19 10 29 20
2007–08 Bowling Green State University CCHA 38 27 10 37 33
2007–08 Rochester Americans AHL 8 1 0 1 2
2008–09 Portland Pirates AHL 77 11 11 22 17 5 1 1 2 2
2009–10 Portland Pirates AHL 78 18 16 34 24 4 3 1 2 0
2010–11 Portland Pirates AHL 80 27 20 47 20 12 4 4 8 4
2011–12 Rochester Americans AHL 75 28 16 44 25 3 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2012–13 St. John's IceCaps AHL 7 1 3 4 2
2012–13 Augsburger Panther DEL 26 9 14 23 40 2 1 0 1 0
2013–14 Hershey Bears AHL 26 4 5 9 13
2013–14 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 18 5 6 11 4
2014–15 Iserlohn Roosters DEL 35 16 5 21 14 7 2 1 3 2
2015–16 Vienna Capitals EBEL 36 10 9 19 10 6 3 0 3 0
2016–17 Straubing Tigers DEL 37 6 9 15 4 2 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Reading Royals ECHL 33 8 6 14 16
AHL totals 369 95 77 172 107 24 7 6 13 6
NHL totals 2 0 0 0 0

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sabres re-sign forward Whitmore". The Buffalo News. July 14, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
  2. ^ "Sabres re-sign MacIntyre, Whitmore and Stuart". wivb.com. July 7, 2011. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Augsburger Panther sign Derek Whitmore" (in German). Augsburger Panther. November 28, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Derek Whitmore returns to North America" (in German). Augsburger Panther. July 7, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "Hershey Bears sign forward Derek Whitmore". Hershey Bears. July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "Bears add Newbury; Whitmore to Phantoms". American Hockey League. March 12, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "Derek Whitmore completes squad" (in German). Iserlohn Roosters. August 26, 2014. Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "Derek Whitmore reinforces the offense" (in German). Vienna Capitals. May 21, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ "Tigers complete squad plans" (in German). Straubing Tigers. July 27, 2016. Archived from the original on July 30, 2016. Retrieved July 27, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  10. ^ "Royals agree to terms with forward Derek Whitmore". Reading Royals. August 24, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  11. ^ National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books. p. 342. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4.

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