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Perry, Gibson Named to 2016 NHL All-Star Game

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League has named right wing Corey Perry and goaltender John Gibson to the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, taking place in Nashville, TN on Jan. 31. Perry will make his fourth career All-Star appearance following his All-Star debut in 2008 in Atlanta, 2011 in Carolina and 2012 in Ottawa. At age 22, Gibson is the second-youngest U.S.-born goaltender set to play in the All-Star Game following Buffalo’s Tom Barrasso (19 in February 1985). He is also the youngest NHL goaltender of any nationality appearing at the All-Star Game since Montreal’s Carey Price (21 in January 2009). This marks the ninth time in club history that the Ducks have had multiple players named to the All-Star Team.

Perry, 30 (5/16/85), has scored 14-11=25 points with 31 penalty minutes (PIM) in 38 games with the Ducks this season. He leads the team in scoring and goals, ranks third in assists and tied for fourth in multi-point games (4). Perry surpassed Paul Kariya for sole possession of second place on the franchise’s all-time goal list with the 301st of his career on Nov. 13, 2015 vs. the New York Islanders. Perry is the third player from his 2003 draft class to reach 300 goals, joining Eric Staal (320) and Thomas Vanek (310). He is one goal shy of surpassing Vanek to become the second-highest goal scorer from the 2003 draft.

Selected by Anaheim in the first round (28th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Perry has collected 310-317=627 points with a +91 rating and 899 PIM in 760 career NHL games with the Ducks. Among franchise leaders, Perry ranks second in games played and goals, and ranks fourth in assists and points. He also ranks second among franchise leaders in all-time playoff scoring (32-42=74), goals and assists in 90 games played.

Gibson, 22 (7/14/93), will make his debut appearance as an All-Star, becoming the fourth Ducks goalie to be named to the All-Star Team after Guy Hebert in 1997 at San Jose, J.S. Giguere in 2009 at Montreal and Jonas Hiller in 2011 at Carolina. Gibson is the second youngest Ducks player to be named an All-Star after Paul Kariya (21) in 1996 at Boston. He has posted an 8-4-2 record with four shutouts with a 1.63 goals-against average (GAA) and .932 save percentage (SV%) in 15 games this season. Gibson leads the league in GAA, ranks tied for third in shutouts and fourth in SV%. He was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for December after posting a 5-3-1 record with three shutouts, a 1.62 GAA and .929 SV% in 10 appearances. He posted the third-longest scoreless streak and longest streak by a rookie in franchise history at 184:30, which spanned four games. The streak was also the third-longest among NHL rookie goaltenders since 1989-90, behind only Steve Mason of Columbus (199:28 in 2008-09) and Jake Allen of St. Louis (184:38 in 2014-15).

Selected by Anaheim in the second round (39th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Gibson has a 24-12-2 record with six shutouts, a 2.15 GAA and .923 SV% in 41 career NHL games. He was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the period ending on Dec. 6, 2015 after posting a 3-1-0 record with two shutouts, a 0.76 GAA and .968 SV% in four games. Gibson was the first Ducks player to be named First Star since Perry in April 2011. He earned his 20th career victory at 22 years and 145 days on Dec. 6, 2015 vs. Pittsburgh, becoming the youngest goalie in club history to win 20 games with the club (Giguere, 24 years, 158 days old in 2001-02).

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