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Netminder Started Hockey At A Young Age

Monday, 06.06.2011 / 10:37 AM / Draft Central 2011
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Netminder Started Hockey At A Young Age

Name: John Gibson
Team: USA U-18, USHL
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Position: Goalie
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 205 lbs
2010-2011: 32 games, 2.64 GAA, .915 SV%
Final Central Scouting Ranking for N.A. Goalies: 1st
Video: Gibson Player Profile
Video: Gibson Leafs TV Interview

John Gibson believes that goalies are born to be netminders.

“I started out as a defenceman and even as a defenceman I was playing defence from inside the crease.  My parents said I should probably try goal. I’ve stuck with it ever since.”

One of a handful of Pittsburgh natives standing in the draft, Gibson commitment to his position extends to the fact that as a young child, he felt some sympathy towards the goalies Mario Lemieux would regularly shame.

Like virtually all young goalies, Gibson’s style  is a passive one. He positions himself to be hit by the puck instead of lunging or extending himself to get it.

“I’d say (Boston goalie) Tim Thomas is one of the few who goes and gets the puck,” he said. Sometimes you just think I wonder how it would be if I did that but at the same time you have to find what works for you.”

What he has is size, athleticism, enviable net coverage and an unflappable nature in the net.

FAVOURTIES:
NHL team: Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL player: Ryan Miller
Video Game: NHL ‘10
Movie: Step Brothers
TV Show: Sportscentre
Accress: Megan Fox
Website: NHL.com
Restaurant: Olive Garden
Sport (other than hockey): Fishing and baseball
Breakfast food: Eggs



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