Having first arrived in Belfast from Canadian side Kelowna Rockets in the 2016/17 season, Whistle has played over 120 games in all competitions, across two spells with the Giants. Whistle has also iced for fellow Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) clubs Sheffield Steelers and Nottingham Panthers – adding a further 78 games to his tally.
Son of inaugural Belfast Giants head coach Dave Whistle, the dual-national – originally from British Columbia in Canada, is no stranger to Belfast or The SSE Arena, Belfast, having spent a portion of his childhood in Northern Ireland while his father led the Giants between 2000 and 2003.
Commenting on a return to the Giants, Jackson Whistle said: “I’m really pleased to have re-signed for my fifth season with the Giants. Belfast and the Giants have been such focal points throughout my life, so when the opportunity arose to extend my stay, it was a pretty easy decision.
“Last season, the team achieved something truly historic, and to be a part of it was amazing. I look forward to making more memories with teammates, old and new, and can’t wait to get back down to work to defend our treble.”
The Team GB international, who recorded an impressive .918 goals against average across 26 EIHL games in the 2022/23 season, played a key role in helping the Giants secure the first domestic treble – Challenge Cup, Elite League, and Elite League Playoffs, in the club’s history.
Adam Keefe, head coach of the Belfast Giants, said: “Jackson has been a key member of the roster for several seasons, and we’re happy that he has chosen to extend his stay in Belfast. Across his four seasons with the Giants, he has grown in knowledge, skill, and confidence, and has developed into a solid, reliable netminder. His international experience with Team GB has also added another level to his game and I’m looking forward to working with him again throughout the 2023/24 season.”
Belfast Giants season tickets for the 2023/24 season are on sale now. Fixture dates for CHL (Champions League Hockey) and domestic EIHL games will be announced in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on Belfast Giants’ website and social media channels for the latest news and signing announcements.