Monday, October 8, 2018

Steelers Sign Ex Vernon Viper Whistle:

The Elite Ice Hockey League Sheffield Steelers have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Brandon Whistle.

The Steelers are a professional ice hockey team located in Sheffield, England a hockey club that is currently a member of the Elite Ice Hockey League.

Whistle played parts of last season with the Vipers. The Vipers traded the playing rights of Adam Panacci November 6th 2017 to the Alberta Junior Hockey League Bonnyville Pontiacs in exchange for the playing rights of Brandon Whistle. The Vipers traded Whistle to Salmon Arm December 30th 2017 for Josh Latta. In 16 games with the Vipers Whistle collected three assists.

Brandon Whistle's Player Profile:

This was posted on the Pontiacs website:

Brandon Whistle begins his professional hockey career with the Sheffield Steelers of the EIHL. 

Posted July 26th, 2018

The Bonnyville PONTIACS are extremely excited for Brandon WHISTLE who has signed a professional contract next season with the Sheffield STEELERS of the Elite Ice Hockey League in Great Britain.

Brandon averaged .97 points per game (100 points) as a Bonnyville PONTIAC, playing 106 games from 2015 to 2018 and was an Assistant Captain. 

Brandon has elite vision, protects the puck exceptionally and possesses a 'pro shot.'  He developed tremendously both as a player and as a person during his time as a PONTIAC, says Head Coach and General Manager Rick SWAN. Our organization and our community could not be prouder of Brandon's accomplishment and we all wish him a long professional career in Europe." 

Turning down opportunities to go to Division 1 teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, instead choosing to turn professional and play for the same team as his brother Jackson, Brandon shows an eagerness to prove himself and kick-start his professional career as he qualifies as a British player under EIHL rules. Brandon's father David played professional hockey for seven seasons in Europe and another eleven as a professional coach. David also coached the Great Britain Men's National Team.

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