The Bridgeport Sound Tigers, American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Islanders, are proud to announce that Christopher Gibson has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Bridgeport community during the 2019-20 season.
Gibson, 27, exemplifies what it means to be active and devoted to the community. The seventh-year pro and longtime Sound Tigers goaltender continues to build on his outstanding community efforts from his first four seasons in Bridgeport.
He was involved in nearly a dozen programs during the 2019-20 season and was a staple of community outreach in the Greater Bridgeport area, helping in all areas from visits to both Bridgeport Hospital and Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, a Christmas toy drive, countless elementary school appearances, a food and coat drive with the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, and a trip to the local veteran’s hospital in West Haven.
Gibson has become one of the most popular players in Sound Tigers history and again this season, he frequently gave up a day off during the week to lend a hand to folks who needed a smile. This is the first time he has received the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award.
Gibson is now one of 31 finalists for the AHL’s 2019-20 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring the overall IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. The league award is named after the former Hershey Bears forward and AHL All-Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia. The winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced by the American Hockey League at a later date.