Hometown: Alameda, Saskatchewan.
‘95-96 stats: 33 goals, 51 assists, 3 game-winning goals.
Draft status: Boston (4th round, ‘96). Local school: None.
Quick check: One of only four Chiefs to appear in all of last season’s 72 regular-season games Whitfield’s forechecking is as valuable as his great finish. Tied for the club lead in power-play points with 37 (9 goals, 28 assists). Great penalty killer, with 5 short-handed goals. Candidate for Bob Clarke Trophy awarded to WHL’s top scorer.
Coach’s comment: “He’s a tireless player who’ll work hard to be on the World Junior Tournament team at Christmas. Last year he led with his work ethic. Now he has to concern himself with a leadership role in the room.”
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