The National Ice Hockey League Telford Tigers have re-signed former Vernon Vipers forward Brandon Whistle.
The Tigers are a National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) ice hockey team that formed in 1985. After initially closing in 1999, a new team, under the name 'Telford Wild Foxes', was formed in 2001; and re-adopted the original name in 2005.
Whistle will be entering his second season with the Tigers after spending the 2018-19 season with the Elite Ice Hockey League Sheffield Steelers. 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. In 37 games last season with the Tigers, Whistle collected (22-goals-37-assists-59-points).
Whistle played parts of three seasons with the Alberta Junior Hockey League Bonnyville Pontiacs before being traded to Vernon. The Vipers traded the playing rights of Adam Panacci November 6th 2017 to the 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.
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This was posted on the Tigers website:
Tigers Whistle Up Star Signing!
by Telford Tigers 29th July 2020
Telford Tigers are ecstatic to announce the return of fan favourite Brandon Whistle for the 2020/21 season. Whistle will return for his second year with the Tigers and will continue to wear the number 34 shirt. Whistle was a huge part of the team that won last year’s NIHL League and Cup double, specialising in scoring crucial penalty shot goals and coming up with clutch performances in the title run in. Whistle scored 69 points for Tigers last season including the winning penalty shot in the epic comeback win over Swindon Wildcats in the National cup semi final.
Brandon stated, “I’m excited to come back to Telford for another year, I really enjoyed my time there last season, we had a great team and great team spirit in the dressing room! I am looking forward to trying to repeat our success and bring some more trophies to the club and to reward our fans for their support!”
Tom Watkins, Head Coach and General Manager, said, “I am very excited to be able to retain Brandon for a second season as he made a lasting impression on the club and the fans last season. He scored numerous penalty shot goals and he was a top performer in the cup final and showed his ability in the key games towards the end of the season. He turned it up in the big occasions and played without fear when we had a lot to play for. He’s an exciting player to watch and capable of creating something out of nothing. He can score, make plays and create space for others. He has all the tools needed and formed a terrific partnership with Scott McKenzie. We spoke at length about his future and as soon as he confirmed he was interested in coming back, we were very keen to make it happen. Players of his calibre are very hard to find.”
We would also like to thank Williams and Lamb who have agreed to be Brandon’s individual sponsor for a further season. Brandon’s own and loan shirts are available to order now for £100 each (Home and Away). Please see the Tigers’ Online Shop for details.
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