USA Hockey has named Ducks goaltender John Gibson (second round pick, 39th overall in 2011) as the recipient of the 2013 Bob Johnson Award, which recognizes excellence in international hockey competition during a specific season of play.
Gibson enjoyed unprecedented success on the international stage during a memorable 2013 and has quickly built an impressive resume with Team USA.
Gibson began the year backstopping the U.S. National Junior Team to the gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship. He posted a 5-0-0-2 record and was selected Most Valuable Player of the championship. Gibson also received the Directorate Award as the tournament’s best goaltender, was selected to the Media All-Star Team and was named one of Team USA’s best three players of the tournament. He set the U.S. record for save percentage (.955) for a single World Junior Championship and his 1.36 goals-against average ranked third by a U.S. goalie in a single tournament.
The 19-year-old netminder proceeded to help the U.S. Men’s National Team earn a bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF Men’s World Championship, where he finished second in goaltending with a 1.56 goals against average and .951 save percentage. He became the second-youngest netminder in world championship history to win a playoff game with an 8-3 victory over Russia in the quarterfinals before backstopping Team USA to a bronze medal with a shootout win over Finland.