Centreville native having strong season in Victoriaville
© Martin Laroche
Brandon Whitney made 11 saves on 12 shots during the top prospects game last week in Kelowna, B.C. The Centreville native is playing this season with the Victoriaville Tigres.
Who: Brandon Whitney
Team: Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
GP W L SOL SO GAA SV%
29 20 3 1 1 2.95 0.888
Cutline: Brandon Whitney made 11 saves on 12 shots during the top prospects game last week in Kelowna, B.C. The Centreville native is playing this season with the Victoriaville Tigres. Martin Laroche
By Jason Malloy
Brandon Whitney turned in a nearly perfect evening Feb. 1 playing against the best draft eligible hockey players in North America.
The Centreville native made 11 saves on 12 shots for Team Cherry in the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in front of 5,000 fans in Kelowna, B.C.
The rookie Victoriaville Tigres netminder said the experience was “unbelievable.”
“I thought I played pretty well. I was a bit nervous to start the game, (but) I guess that’s normal,” he said Feb. 3.
While pleased with his performance before scores of scouts, he understands one game won’t make or break his season and is determined to continually improve.
He knows what his long-term goal is, but knows it’s no reaching the pinnacle is certainty.
“Obviously, the dream has got to be the NHL, but I really want to get my education out of it. That’s probably the main goal,” he said.
Whitney is currently taking Grade 11 and 12correspondents courses.
The 6’5”, 190-lb butterfly goalie started playing in the Acadia minor hockey program and played both high school (NKEC Titans) and major midget (Valley Wildcats) in the Valley. He played last season with the Halifax Titans after starting the season in Victoriaville. He was also a key contributor for Team Atlantic at the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg.
The third-round pick of the Tigres made the jump to major junior hockey this season.
“I don’t think anybody really expected much from me at all,” he said. “I have been working hard all last year and all this year and I think I was ready for it.”
He said it’s been an adjustment living so far away from home, but having a strong group of teammates has helped make the transition easier.
Whitney was ranked third in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings of North American goaltenders. He was ranked behind Belleville’s Malcolm Subban (Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban’s brother) and Sault Ste. Marie’s Matthew Murray.