Goaltender John Gibson made the most of his NHL debut on Monday, stopping all 18 shots he faced to record a shutout for the Anaheim Ducks.
He was recalled by the Ducks on Sunday after spending the season with their AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals. He had compiled a 21-17-4 record for the Admirals, ranking third among all AHL goaltenders with a 2.34 GAA and seventh with a .919 SV%. His five shutouts were also tied for second in the AHL at the time of his call-up.
Gibson played two seasons in the USHL with Team USA (2009-11). He compiled a 9-4-3 record with a 2.38 GAA and .926 SV% over 17 USHL games during the 2010-11 season with the Under-18 squad. He stopped all 31 shots in a 3-0 win against the Green Bay Gamblers on January 14th, 2011 to post his first USHL shutout. At one point, he won seven consecutive games during USHL action, recording a 1.59 GAA and .946 SV% over that stretch. He would be recognized by USA Hockey as the Dave Peterson Junior Goaltender of the Year. Over his two-year career in the USHL, he compiled a 16-13-3 record with a 3.05 GAA and .914 SV%.
Following his second season in the League, he was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round (39th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He also was big for Team USA on the international stage, leading them to a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
The 20-year-old from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania earned another milestone on Monday when he became the youngest goaltender to make a start for the Anaheim Ducks. He is the youngest goaltender to post a shutout in his NHL debut since the 1985-86 season.
USHL stats – John Gibson
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