John Gibson (ice hockey, born 1993)
July 14, 1993 |
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)|
|NHL team (P)
San Diego Gulls (AHL)
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||39th overall, 2011
|Competitor for United States|
|Men's ice hockey|
|World Junior Championships|
|IIHF World U18 Championships|
John Gibson (born July 14, 1993) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Gibson was ranked first among North American goaltenders in both the NHL Central Scouting Bureau's preliminary and midterm rankings for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, and was drafted 39th overall by Anaheim.
On June 24, 2011, Gibson was drafted in the second round, 39th overall, at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks. Prior to his selection, whilst still playing with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, he committed himself to playing college ice hockey at the University of Michigan, which competes in NCAA's Division I in the Big Ten Conference, for the upcoming 2011–12 season. However, on July 27, he opted out of his agreement with Michigan to instead play major junior ice hockey for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
During the following season, 2012–13, Gibson was selected to represent the United States at the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He was the team's primary goaltender throughout the championship, registering a .955 save percentage and a 1.36 goals against average (GAA) in seven games for the eventual gold medal winners. His save percentage led all goaltenders in the tournament and he was named as the tournament's best goaltender. He was also named to the tournament All-Star Team, as well as named the tournament's most valuable player.
On April 7, 2014, aged 20 years and 297 days, Gibson made his first NHL start for the Ducks following an injury to goaltender Frederik Andersen. Making 18 saves for a shutout, Gibson earned his first NHL win, a 3–0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. In doing so, Gibson became the youngest NHL goaltender to record a shutout in his NHL debut since the Buffalo Sabres' Daren Puppa (20 years, 223 days) performed the feat in the 1985–86 season. Gibson made his Stanley Cup playoff debut with the Ducks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinal against the Los Angeles Kings. He registered a shutout on 28 shots and was named first star of the game on May 10, 2014. Jonas Hiller, whom Gibson started over, was the last goaltender prior to Gibson to record a shutout in his Stanley Cup playoff debut. The Ducks would win Game 5 at home 4-3 but would lose Games 6 and 7 by scores of 2-1 and 6-2, respectively, with Gibson being pulled in Game 7 after allowing 4 goals on 18 shots
With the departure of Jonas Hiller via free agency, the Ducks announced that both Frederik Andersen and John Gibson would compete for the number one starting job for the 2014-15 NHL season. Gibson seemed to have performed well enough in the preseason to start opening night against the Pittsburgh Penguins, his hometown team, in which Gibson stopped 33 of 39 shots en route to a 6-4 loss. With Andersen starting off the season strong, Gibson was sent to Norfolk for a weekend to gain some playing time. Afterwards, he was recalled by the Ducks
Gibson would return and would win 2 starts and lose 1, which included a shutout of the Chicago Blackhawks. Unfortunately, Gibson injured his groin while warming up before a game against the Colorado Avalanche. He was estimated to miss 6-8 weeks, thus giving Andersen total control of the number one job. After coming off injured reserve, Gibson would spend time of with Norfolk. Injuries and illnesses kept Gibson in and out of the lineup, and in 11 games overall, he posted a record of 6-3-2 with a 2.07 goals against averages and a save percentage of .935%
When Andersen went down with an injury and after the team signed Ilya Bryzgalov, Gibson was recalled. When Andersen returned, the two goalies would rotate in and out of the crease with Gibson at one point being considered as the starter down the stretch with Andersen struggling a bit. Overall, Gibson would post up a record of 13-8 with a 2.60 goals against average and a save percentage of .914%. He did not see a single minute of play during the Ducks postseason run, in which they fell to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions, Chicago Blackhawks in seven games
With the off-season acquisition of Anton Khudobin, rumors sparked of Gibson being traded elsewhere, which was promptly put down by Ducks general manager Bob Murray. On September 21st, the Ducks announced that they've signed Gibson to a three-year contract extension, worth reportedly $6.9 million. He will also begin the 2015-16 season with the new AHL club San Diego Gulls
Regular season and playoffs
Awards and honors
|2011 IIHF World U18 Championships First Team All-Star||2011|
|Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year (awarded by USA Hockey)||2011|
|2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Most Valuable Player||2013|
|2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Best Goaltender||2013|
|2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships All-Star||2013|
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