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.
Gibson with the Islanders in 2018
27 December 1992|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)|
|NHL team (P)|
New York Islanders|
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
49th overall, 2011|
Los Angeles Kings
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 before moving to Saskatchewan at age 15 to attend Notre Dame College.
Gibson was ranked as the number one goaltender from the QMJHL heading into the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. 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 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 and his first NHL win 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. 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.
|IIHF World U18 Championship|
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. Gibson turned 19 years old during the tournament.
|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|
|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|
|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||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honoursEdit
- "Gibson, Christopher – NHL.com – NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profiles". Archived from the original on 28 May 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
- "Christopher Gibson". marlies.ca. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
- "Gibson would be excited to get start against Canada". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 27 December 2011.[dead link]
- "2009 CHL Import Draft: Round 1". leaguestats.com. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
- "Nugent-Hopkins Ascends Draft Rankings". Fox News. 11 April 2011.
- "Islanders acquire five players for Grabner". New York Islanders. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
- Hornick, Erik (3 January 2016). "The Skinny: Penguins 5, Islanders 2". NHL.com. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
- "Islanders, Lightning, Wild clinch playoff berths". NHL.com. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
- "Gibson Agrees To One-Year Deal". NHL.com. New York Islanders. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
- Vickers, Aaron (11 March 2018). "Gibson, Islanders defeat Flames, end eight-game slide". NHL.com. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
- Pofahl, Kaylee (12 March 2018). "Islanders snap eight-game skid as rookie goalie Christopher Gibson notches 50 saves". sportingnews.com. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
- "Granlund Bros. go to Alberta". IIHF.com. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
- "QMJHL announce All-Star Team". The Chronicle Herald. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2011.