John Gibson (ice hockey, born 1993)

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John Gibson
John Gibson Team USA 2011.jpg
Born (1993-07-14) July 14, 1993 (age 22)
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team Anaheim Ducks
National team  United States
NHL Draft 39th overall, 2011
Anaheim Ducks
Playing career 2013–present
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Stockholm/Helsinki
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2013 Ufa
IIHF World U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 Germany

John Gibson (born July 14, 1993) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1]

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,[2] and was drafted 39th overall by Anaheim.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

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,[3] 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.[4] His save percentage led all goaltenders in the tournament and he was named as the tournament's best goaltender.[5][6] He was also named to the tournament All-Star Team, as well as named the tournament's most valuable player.[7][8]

Gibson also won a bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF World Championships with Team USA's senior squad, posting a 1.56 GAA and .951 save percentage in the tournament.[9][10]

Professional[edit]

Gibson made his professional debut with the Norfolk Admirals, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks, on April 19, 2013, playing 40 minutes in relief.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13] 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.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[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%
2009–10 US NTDP USHL 18 7 9 0 1023 63 0 3.69 .905
2010–11 US NTDP USHL 17 9 4 3 983 39 1 2.38 .926
2011–12 Kitchener Rangers OHL 32 21 10 0 1897 87 1 2.75 .928 16 8 7 898 40 1 2.67 .938
2012–13 Kitchener Rangers OHL 27 17 9 1 1615 65 1 2.41 .928 10 5 5 609 22 1 2.17 .946
2012–13 Norfolk Admirals AHL 1 0 0 0 40 3 0 4.50 .857
2013–14 Norfolk Admirals AHL 45 21 17 4 2587 101 5 2.34 .919 6 4 2 373 9 1 1.45 .955
2013–14 Anaheim Ducks NHL 3 3 0 0 181 4 1 1.33 .954 4 2 2 200 9 1 2.69 .919
2014–15 Anaheim Ducks NHL 23 13 8 0 1340 58 1 2.60 .914
2014–15 Norfolk Admirals AHL 11 6 3 2 665 23 1 2.07 .935
NHL totals 26 16 8 0 1521 62 2 2.45 .919 4 2 2 200 9 1 2.69 .919

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2012 United States WJC 7th 1 0 1 0 60 4 0 4.00 .852
2013 United States WJC 1st 7 5 2 0 398 9 1 1.36 .955
2013 United States WC 3rd 5 3 1 0 308 8 1 1.56 .951
Junior totals 8 5 3 0 458 13 1 1.70 .943
Senior totals 5 3 1 0 308 8 1 1.56 .951

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
2011 IIHF World U18 Championships First Team All-Star 2011[14]
Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year (awarded by USA Hockey) 2011[15]
2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Most Valuable Player 2013[7]
2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Best Goaltender 2013[6]
2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships All-Star 2013[7]

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