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Whitehall Native John Gibson To Participate In NHL Prospect Development Camp

by Jason Seidling / Pittsburgh Penguins
Goaltender John Gibson, a Whitehall native who spent the past season playing for the United States National Development Program’s Under-17 squad, is one of 33 prospective 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft candidates participating in the 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp fueled by G Series.

Whitehall's John Gibson will attend the NHL's Research, Development and Orientation Camp in Etobicoke, Ontario next week. Credit - USA Hockey
The Research, Development and Orientation Camp, which will be held August 18-19 at the Toronto Maple Leafs’ practice facility in Etobicoke, Ontario, serves a dual purpose for the NHL as a way for the league to test potential rule changes, on-ice markings and game strategies with a high level of talent in addition to allowing 2011 draft-eligible prospects a chance to impress personnel evaluators prior to the season.

Over the course of the two-day camp the prospects will have four on-ice sessions which will be played under game conditions. They will also attend orientation sessions on social media and security designed to provide them with useful information as they begin their draft-eligible seasons in hopes of pursuing an NHL career.

"By having these top draft eligible players, it adds credibility to the process," Penguins general manager Ray Shero told "You will see young, hungry players trying their best to impress NHL personnel. With their enthusiasm and skill, it should help with the evaluation of the new rules and ideas that are being tested."

Gibson, 17, helped backstop the Under-17 team to a gold medal at the 2010 World Under-17 Challenge. The Ohio State recruit, who played his amateur hockey for the Pittsburgh Hornets, stopped 38 of 39 shots against Team Ontario in the gold medal game. He posted a 1.33 goals-against average and .957 save percentage in three tournament contests.

Gibson appeared in 22 regular-season games for the Under-17 squad in ’09-10, posting an 8-12-1 record, 3.76 goals-against average and .895 save percentage.

Gibson was one of five players with Pittsburgh connections – forwards Brandon Saad (Gibsonia) and J.T. Miller (Pittsburgh Hornets) and defensemen Stephen Johns (Wampum) and Barrett Keib (Upper St. Clair) – who played for the U.S. National Team this past season.

Gibson, Saad, Miller and Keib are all 2011 draft-eligible prospects, while Johns was a second-round selection this past draft by the Chicago Blackhawks.
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