Christopher Gibson

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Christopher Gibson
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Born (1992-12-27) 27 December 1992 (age 24)
Karkkila, Finland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
New York Islanders
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
NHL Draft 49th overall, 2011
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 2013–present

Christopher Gibson (born 27 December 1992) is a Finnish ice hockey goaltender. He is currently playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). Gibson was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2nd round (49th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, although he never played for them, instead signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs, playing in their minor league system before a trade sent Gibson to the Islanders. Gibson made his first-ever NHL start for the Islanders on 5 April 2016 against the Washington Capitals.

Early life[edit]

Born in Karkkila, Finland to Peter, an artist and kick boxer from St. Lucia, and a Finnish (Finland) mother, Ulla Nurse, Gibson was raised in Espoo, Finland.[1] At age 15, Gibson moved to Saskatchewan to attend Notre Dame College in Wilcox, a school with a prestigious hockey program.[2]

Playing career[edit]

In Gibson's first year at Notre Dame College, the Notre Dame Hounds (Midget AAA) won the Telus Cup national championship (2009).

Following that year at Notre Dame, Gibson was drafted by the Chicoutimi Saguenéens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in the first round (16th overall) of the 2009 CHL Import Draft.[3]

Gibson was ranked as the number one goaltender from the QMJHL heading into the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.[4] Selected at 49th overall by the Los Angeles Kings, Gibson was the first goaltender selected from the Canadian Hockey League in the 2011 draft. Unsigned by the Kings, he would re-enter the draft, but was signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs instead.

On 17 September 2015, Gibson was traded by the Maple Leafs, along with four other prospects, to the New York Islanders in exchange for Michael Grabner.[5]

On 2 January 2016, Gibson got his first taste of NHL action coming in relief for Thomas Greiss. Gibson allowed one goal from Patric Hornqvist, but made 16 saves. On 6 April 2016, Gibson got his first NHL start with the Islanders against the Washington Capitals. Gibson made 29 saves as the Islanders came back from a 3-1 deficit to win 4-3 in overtime. The win clinched the Islanders a spot in the 2016 playoffs.

On 15 August 2016, the Islanders re-signed Gibson to a one-year, two-way contract worth $660,000.[6]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing Finland Finland
Ice hockey
IIHF World U18 Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Belarus

At age 17, Gibson represented Finland at the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships in Belarus, winning the bronze medal. Gibson was selected to the Finnish national junior team for the 2012 World Junior Championships in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta.[7] Gibson turned 19 years old during the tournament.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2008–09 Notre Dame Hounds SMHL 18 16 1 0 1049 46 1 2.63 .894 6 6 0 360 11 1 1.83 .926
2009–10 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 29 8 19 0 1592 93 2 3.50 .884 4 2 1 230 13 0 3.39 .871
2010–11 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 37 14 15 8 2235 90 4 2.42 .920 4 0 4 219 19 0 5.20 .865
2011–12 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 48 27 17 4 2809 139 3 2.97 .893 18 9 9 1116 58 1 3.12 .903
2012–13 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 41 17 18 4 2279 117 4 3.08 .902 6 2 4 356 23 0 3.87 .898
2013–14 Orlando Solar Bears ECHL 20 8 9 2 1178 62 0 3.16 .892 2 1 1 123 4 0 1.94 .951
2013–14 Toronto Marlies AHL 12 5 6 0 640 26 0 2.44 .916
2014–15 Toronto Marlies AHL 45 24 17 3 2605 105 2 2.42 .921 4 2 2 231 15 0 3.90 .866
2015–16 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 42 19 11 6 2351 106 2 2.70 .909 1 0 1 59 6 0 6.15 .860
2015–16 New York Islanders NHL 4 1 1 1 195 11 0 3.40 .882
2016–17 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 7 6 0 0 380 16 0 2.52 .912
NHL totals 4 1 1 1 195 11 0 3.40 .882

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
QMJHL
First All-Star Team 2011 [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gibson, Christopher - NHL.com - NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profiles
  2. ^ "Gibson would be excited to get start against Canada". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "2009 CHL Import Draft: Round 1". leaguestats.com. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Nugent-Hopkins Ascends Draft Rankings". Fox News. 11 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Islanders acquire five players for Grabner". New York Islanders. 2015-09-17. Retrieved 2015-09-17. 
  6. ^ http://islanders.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=891038
  7. ^ "Granlund Bros. go to Alberta". IIHF.com. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "QMJHL announce All-Star Team". The Chronicle Herald. 2011-04-07. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 

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