50 Players, 50 Days: Gordon Whalen
May 1, 2020
During the current and unforeseen cancelation of the 2019-20 season, the players in the NAHL saw their seasons cut prematurely short. In some cases, players saw their junior hockey careers come to an end as well. However, the NAHL got together a decided to highlight some of those players, who were born in 1999 and were in their final season of playing junior hockey.
As a result, we present a new series entitled: 50 players in 50 days
50 players in 50 days will select 50 players from each of the 26 NAHL teams this past season that were born in 1999, are currently uncommitted, and deserve some recognition during their time spent playing and developing in the NAHL. Over the course of the next 50 days, we will take time out to look at their accomplishments, review their season, and provide some background on their NAHL careers. Players will be initially highlighted in alphabetical order by team. Enjoy!
Gordon Whalen, Defenseman, Chippewa Steel
Chippewa Steel defenseman Gordon Whalen, 20, capped of a successful two-year NAHL career this past season, the majority of which was spent in Chippewa Falls with the Steel. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of Niles, Illinois, saw the major part of his production during the 2019-20 season increase during his time with the Steel.’
Whalen began the season with the Minnesota Magicians, appearing in 18 games and recorded five points. After his trade to Chippewa right after Thanksgiving, Whalen thrived recording eight points in 30 games with the Steel.
"Gordie is a great teammate that does things the right way on and off the ice. His preparation and communication made him a great leader for us, he brings a lot of energy in practice and games. He brought a lot of playing experience to our blue line and his work ethic helped his game to continue to develop,” said Steel head coach Carter Foguth.
Whalen spent the 2018-19 season in the NAHL with the Corpus Christi IceRays, recording four points in 40 games played. He also played in the 2019 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the South Division team, recording one point in two games.
Whalen made his NAHL debut during the 2017-18 season, playing in three games for the Bismarck Bobcats. Overall in 91 career NAHL games Whalen has recorded 17 points.