Gibson Returned to the Sound Tigers
The New York Islanders announced Tuesday goaltender Christopher Gibson has been returned on loan to the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Gibson, 25, was emergency recalled by the Islanders on Feb. 19 and played eight games with New York this season, going 2-3-2 with a 3.65 goals-against-average and .908 save percentage. He earned a 50-save victory against the Calgary Flames on March 11 and made 36 stops in a 4-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 20.
Prior to his call-up, Gibson posted back-to-back shutouts with the Sound Tigers in mid-February, including a 22-save performance on Feb. 18 against the Hartford Wolf Pack. He is tied for fifth in the AHL with a career-best four shutouts this season. The fifth-year netminder is also sixth in the League with a 2.31 goals-against-average, and Gibson's stellar play earlier this season was rewarded with a selection to the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic in January.
A native of Karkkila, Finland, Gibson is 72-45-12 with eight shutouts in 139 career AHL games between the Sound Tigers and Toronto Marlies. He is currently fifth on Bridgeport's all-time wins list (43) and sixth in games played among netminders (82). In addition, Gibson played four NHL games with the Islanders during the 2015-16 season, including his debut on Jan. 2, 2016 against the Pittsburgh Penguins (in relief). Gibson earned his first NHL start on Apr. 5, 2016 and made 29 saves against the Washington Capitals as the Islanders came back from a 3-1 deficit to win 4-3 in overtime, which clinched a spot in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Prior to turning pro, Gibson spent four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens from 2009-13. He earned CHL Goaltender of the Week honors on five occasions and was named to the QMJHL First All-Star Team in 2010-11. The 6'1, 187-pound netminder also posted the best save percentage of any QMJHL goalie that season (.920).
Gibson was initially selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round (#49 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
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