Brother of more well-known Jackson Whistle, and son of ex-Steelers head coach David Whistle, Brandon Whistle is soon to be starting his professional hockey career with the Sheffield Steelers of the EIHL.
At 20 years old, Brandon is 6’1”, 93kgs, has so far played centre his whole career, and qualifies as a British player under EIHL rules.
Through his junior career he recorded 1.2 points per game in the BC Hockey Major Midget League, 48 points in 40 games, .94 points per game in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, 100 points in 106 games, where he was also an assistant captain for the Bonnyville Pontiacs. While scoring .5 points per game in the British Columbia Hockey League, 17 points in 34 games.
Turning down opportunities to go to division 1 teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, instead choosing to turn professional, Brandon shows an eagerness to prove himself and kick-start his career.
David Michaud, Okanagan Rockets General Manager, described Brandon as one of their most dynamic offensive forwards, with a big body, good puck protection, and excellent creative vision.
Paul Thompson recently spoke out. “This is a great opportunity for young Brandon to start his professional career.” While assuring fans, “He is a project that we will work hard with.”
With Kirk likely off to North America, Brown’s great performances at the IIHF U18 Division ll World Championship, and Shudra’s continued growth within the club; the Steelers have proven they can develop young talent. Will Brandon Whistle be the next player to successfully develop their skills through the Sheffield Steelers?
Following the recent news that Shudra will be on loan to Milton Keynes for the 2018/19 season, there appears to be a good chance Brandon will break into the Steeles line-up and begin honing his skills. However, we will have to wait for the rest of the team to be assembled to get a better picture of where he will slot into the line-up.