Stoneham High School

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Athletic Hall of Fame




Hall of Fame Inductees - Class of 2005



Don Whiston
Class of 1945 - Hockey & Baseball


The foundation of a championship caliber hockey team is the man who minds the net.  The 1944-1945 Stoneham High School team was no exception to this on-ice prerequisite for success. 

Don Whiston was the stalwart goaltender that back-stopped the Spartans to the 1945 GBI championship, their first since fellow hall-of-famer, Cliff Thompson, led SHS teams nearly a decade earlier.

Whiston attained All-Star status in the highly competitive GBI, leading the Stoneham club to a clinching playoff victory over Medford, the league's defending champion.

In that championship season many veteran Stoneham hockey fans still talk about the 1-0 upset over Melrose and the tie with Medford. Don also played baseball for two years and was elected president of his senior class.

Don's career was far from finished after his Spartan puck stopping time was completed.  In 1951 as a senior All-American at Brown University, Whiston led the Bruins to the NCAA hockey "final four", and was named the tournaments most outstanding player. After defeating the defending national champions from Colorado College in the semi-finals, Whiston stopped 45 Michigan shots in the championship game.

Whiston then went on to compete internationally as the goalie on the 1952 US Olympic team in Oslo, Norway. Returning to his collegiate roots, Don became the head coach at Brown University from 1952-1956.

Don enjoyed a successful career in the world of investment and finance, retiring in 1990 from the position of President/Chairman of the Board of the First National Bank of Ipswich.

Still active athletically well into his 70's, Don spends his winters skiing on both sides of the Atlantic and relaxing in Florida. His permanent residence is Ipswich, MA where he resides with his wife, Marie.

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