Date Of Birth 09/06/1995
Hometown Kelowna, BC, Canada
Senior men’s GB international goaltender Jackson Whistle, the son of first Belfast Giants Head Coach Dave Whistle, takes to the crease for a fourth full season in Teal.
Whistle posted a .917 save percentage and 2.30 goals against average in 2021-22, as the Belfast Giants clinched the EIHL League Championship. He also played a part in the Giants Challenge Cup victory, with a .926 save percentage and 1.82 goals against average across 6 games.
Whistle, a duel national originally from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada is certainly no stranger to Belfast or the SSE Arena, having spent a portion of his childhood here while his father led the Belfast Giants from their inception in 2000-2003.
It was no surprise that Jackson made the move across the Atlantic in his first-year pro, after a junior career spent mostly with his hometown Kelowna Rockets in the WHL. Whistle helped the Rockets to an Ed Chynoweth Cup in 2014-15, taking his side all the way to OT in the prestigious Memorial Cup final against the eventual Champion Oshawa Generals.
After two seasons as a Giant, Whistle spent time with the Sheffield Steelers and Nottingham Panthers between 2018-21, winning the EIHL’s Streaming Series as a Panther during the COVID-19 shutdown whilst being named Best Goaltender, Best SVS%, Best GAA and an All-Star.
But the call of his ‘second home’ proved too strong and Whistle returned to Belfast in 2021-22 to help the Giants to an EIHL League and Cup double.
The EIHL remains a family business to the Whistles- Jackson’s brother Brandon is a Sheffield Steelers Centreman and his father Dave spent last season with the Nottingham Panthers. Elsewhere, his Uncle Rob played 51 NHL games in the mid to late 1980s for the St Louis Blues and New York Rangers.