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Christopher Gibson

Christopher Gibson (born 27 December 1992) is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect to the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). Gibson was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the second 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.

Christopher Gibson
Christopher Gibson 2018-03-03 19629.jpg
Gibson with the Islanders in 2018
Born (1992-12-27) 27 December 1992 (age 26)
Karkkila, Finland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 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

Early lifeEdit

Gibson was born in Karkkila, Finland to Peter, an artist and kick boxer from Saint Lucia, and a Finnish mother, Ulla Nurse. He was raised in Espoo, Finland[1] before moving to Saskatchewan at age 15 to attend Notre Dame College.[2][3]

Playing careerEdit

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.[4]

Gibson was ranked as the number one goaltender from the QMJHL heading into the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.[5] 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.[6]

On 2 January 2016, Gibson got his first taste of NHL action coming in relief for Thomas Greiss.[7] Gibson allowed one goal from Patric Hornqvist, but made 16 saves.[7] On 6 April 2016, Gibson got his first NHL start and his first NHL win with the Islanders against the Washington Capitals.[8] 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.[8]

On 15 August 2016, the Islanders re-signed Gibson to a one-year, two-way contract worth $660,000.[9] On 11 March 2018, Gibson had a 50-save game against the Calgary Flames, becoming the first Islanders' rookie goaltender to do so since Billy Smith made 55 in 1972.[10][11]

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   Finland
Ice hockey
IIHF World U18 Championship
  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 Canada.[12] Gibson turned 19 years old during the tournament.

Career statisticsEdit

 
Gibson in 2012
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 Saguenéens QMJHL 29 8 19 0 1592 93 2 3.50 .884 4 2 1 230 13 0 3.39 .871
2010–11 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 37 14 15 8 2235 90 4 2.42 .920 4 0 4 219 19 0 5.20 .865
2011–12 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 48 27 17 4 2809 139 3 2.97 .893 18 9 9 1116 58 1 3.12 .903
2012–13 Chicoutimi Saguenéens 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
2017–18 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 37 19 14 3 2131 86 4 2.42 .906
2017–18 New York Islanders NHL 8 2 3 2 427 26 0 3.65 .908
2018–19 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 40 22 11 5 2201 104 1 2.84 .902 4 2 2 283 9 0 1.91 .927
2018–19 New York Islanders NHL 2 0 0 0 40 1 0 1.50 .941
NHL totals 14 3 4 3 661 38 0 3.45 .904

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
QMJHL
First All-Star Team 2011 [13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gibson, Christopher – NHL.com – NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profiles". Archived from the original on 28 May 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Christopher Gibson". marlies.ca. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Gibson would be excited to get start against Canada". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 27 December 2011.[dead link]
  4. ^ "2009 CHL Import Draft: Round 1". leaguestats.com. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Nugent-Hopkins Ascends Draft Rankings". Fox News. 11 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Islanders acquire five players for Grabner". New York Islanders. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  7. ^ a b Hornick, Erik (3 January 2016). "The Skinny: Penguins 5, Islanders 2". NHL.com. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Islanders, Lightning, Wild clinch playoff berths". NHL.com. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Gibson Agrees To One-Year Deal". NHL.com. New York Islanders. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  10. ^ Vickers, Aaron (11 March 2018). "Gibson, Islanders defeat Flames, end eight-game slide". NHL.com. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  11. ^ Pofahl, Kaylee (12 March 2018). "Islanders snap eight-game skid as rookie goalie Christopher Gibson notches 50 saves". sportingnews.com. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Granlund Bros. go to Alberta". IIHF.com. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
  13. ^ "QMJHL announce All-Star Team". The Chronicle Herald. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2011.

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