The Sheffield Steelers confirm the signings of Jackson and Brandon Whistle ahead of the 2018-19 season.
Both Whistle brothers have signed initial 2 year contracts with the Steelers and will arrive in Sheffield ahead of the clubs training camp and four home exhibition games in August.
Jackson Whistle played the last two seasons in Belfast, back stopping the Giants to the 2018 Challenge Cup. After starting just 14 games in 2016 Whistle took over as the Giants number one goalie last season starting 44 games.
Prior to joining the Giants, Whistle played his junior hockey in his family’s home town of Kelowna in the WHL attaining a saves percentage of over 90% in all of his four seasons in the league.
Jackson made his international debut this April as part of the successful GB men’s senior side that gained promotion to Pool A of the IIHF World Championships.
“I’m delighted to have signed Jackson” said head coach Paul Thompson “He is the first of many young and exciting signings we will be making this summer
“Jackson has shown his talents off well with the Giants. His performances over the two years against the Steelers were one the main reasons Belfast had the success against us that they did.
“His best years are ahead of him, he is a goalie on the rise and we are excited to be bringing him here. Of course, the British status of Jackson opens up opportunities elsewhere in the line-up and gives us certain advantages.
“I like that he comes to work every day and works his backside off, that hard work can be infectious around the team.
“Jackson is replacing a very good goalie in Moose, but in Jackson we have signed a very good goalie”
2018 will be Brandon Whistle’s first year professional after completing his junior career in the British Columbia Hockey League
“With loosing Liam Kirk this is a great opportunity for young Brandon to start his professional career” continued Thompson “he is a big kid with a good up side. He will get his opportunities with us. He is a project that we will work hard with.”
The Whistle brothers are the son’s of former Steelers head coach Dave Whistle who lead the Sheffield side to the 2006 play off finals.