October 28, 2014 – By Israel Fehr
Jackson Whistle earned CHL goaltender of the week honours after leading the Kelowna Rockets to two wins during the week of October 2o-26.
Whistle picked up his second shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over the Tri-City Americans on Wednesday and made 31 saves in a 6-1 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday for a 2-0-0-0 record, 0.50 goals-against-average, and .981 save percentage.
The 19-year-old netminder is now 11-1-0-0 with a goals-against-average of 2.26 and save percentage of .916 as the Rockets have gotten off to a 12-1-0-0 start this season and remain the No. 1 team in the CHL’s weekly top ten rankings.
The 19 year old West Kelowna product played for the Vancouver Giants in his first year, before being traded to the hometown Rockets for the 2012-2013 season for a 2014 third round bantam pick.
As Steve Ewan at the Province reported after the trade in November 2012, Whistle has excelled ever since:
“Giants coach Don Hay was so adamant at playing 20-year-old Adam Morrison last year that Whistle never got a run. He went 1-7-0-3, with a 3.61 goals against and a .873 save percentage, and when Morrison was injured, Hay even went to Lee, a 15-year-old call-up for a time.
Whistle needed a change. So far, it’s working out well for him.”
How well? Whistle posted a 1.96 GAA and .931 save percentage in his first year in Kelowna.
He played midget for Pursuit of Excellence and backstopped Team BC to gold at the Canada Winter Games in February 2011, along with Tristan Jones, where he played four out 6 games.