Kitchener Rangers goaltender John Gibson was recognized Saturday as the Most Valuable Player of the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship after backstopping the United States to a gold medal, the nation’s first since 2010.
The Pittsburgh, PA native was also named Top Goaltender by the tournament Directorate and was selected by the media as the goalie for the All-Star team. He is the first netminder to be selected as MVP since Canadian Steve Mason earned the honour in 2008.
Gibson made 26 saves in the gold medal game, and posted a tournament-best .955 save percentage in seven games for Team USA. He also led all goaltenders with a 1.36 goals against average and posted two shutouts (one shared).
A second-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Gibson is 13-7 with the Kitchener Rangers this season, with a .929 save percentage and a 2.33 goals against average.