From the near beginning of the World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, it was known that John Gibson was going to be one of the main reasons USA’s team contended for a medal, and when Gibson was named MVP and best goaltender of the tournament yesterday it came as no surprise.
Gibson was spectacular and with every game, he grew better and better. He had saves that kept USA in the picture and thankfully had guys in front of him who took advantage of that and scored game winning goals.
The best part about Gibson? He’s a Pittsburgh native along with J.T. Miller, Riley Barber and Vince Trocheck. The four of them made plays to help USA come out on top, and for three of them it was a reunion of sorts as Barber, Miller and Trocheck all played on the same youth team, the Pittsburgh Hornets.
Additionally, Gibson, Miller and Trocheck were a part of Pittsburgh’s largest local draft class of four in 2011 along with Brandon Saad, but none of the four were drafted to the Penguins. Miller was drafted to the New York Rangers, Gibson to the Anaheim Ducks, Trocheck to the Florida Panthers and Saad to the Chicago Blackhawks.