Date Of Birth 09/06/1995
Hometown Kelowna, BC, Canada
Canadian Goaltender Jackson Whistle’s roots in Belfast stretch all the way back to day one. The son of first ever Giants coach Dave Whistle, he spent an early part of his childhood in the city, and around the Arena. This season, he returns for what will be his third campaign in Teal.
Whistle made a name for himself in Canada’s WHL, the highest level of junior hockey in the country. After a season spent with the Vancouver Giants, he made the move back to his hometown of Kelowna, BC to ice for the Rockets.
His first taste of silverware came in 2014-15, backstopping Kelowna to their first WHL Championship in six years; posting a .909 save percentage, 2.55 goals against average, and four shutouts in 50 games played.
But there was more to come.
Whistle turned pro in 2016, promptly returning to the place where it all began when then-Giants Head Coach Derrick Walser secured his signature to share goaltending duties with Stephen Murphy.
With Murphy sustaining a long-term injury the following year, Whistle was thrust into the spotlight as Belfast’s starter; leading the team to their first Challenge Cup since 2009, with a thrilling win over the Cardiff Devils in Wales.
That summer, he was part of the Team GB squad that secured an historic gold medal in the D1A IIHF World Championships, making one appearance alongside GB stalwart, Ben Bowns.
He makes his return to Belfast in 2021 after spells with the Sheffield Steelers and Nottingham Panthers.