Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Whistle sounding out Belfast Giants return

Dave Whistle, former Belfast Giants Coach
Dave Whistle, former Belfast Giants Coach

Dave Whistle is in contention to make an emotional return to the Belfast Giants – a decade after he ended his spell as the team's first coach.

The 47-year-old has made the club aware that wants the job as coach of the Giants, which became vacant when Doug Christiansen left for the Sheffield Steelers last week.

Giants general manager Todd Kelman – who was brought to the Odyssey as a player by Whistle back in 2000 – is currently whittling down the list of interested candidates and once he has assembled his short-list the interview process will begin.

That is expected to happen within the next few days, with an appointment potentially being made by the end of April.

"I am definitely interested in coming back to Belfast. It is a place that will always be special to me and my family," said Whistle.

"I have spoken to Todd Kelman. I have a few questions and I hope to get the opportunity to ask them."

While the Giants have won the league twice in the 10 years since he left, as well as one Play-off title, Whistle remains the only coach to bring both those trophies back to Belfast.

Christiansen's exit is perfectly timed for Whistle. He has been coaching at a hockey academy in Kelowna, British Columbia, for the last three years, but he is due to leave that job in mid-June, leaving him open to taking the Giants job.

"I finish up here on June 21st, so I would be free to take the job in Belfast after that," said Whistle.

"I work seven days a week in the winter here and don't get a chance to watch my kids play.

"If I am going to be doing that I'd like to do it at a higher level and in a place that I want to be in and Belfast would be good."

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