Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Gibson
Defenceman John Gibson was a hard-nosed competitor who played parts of four NHL seasons in the early 80s. He was a tough customer who could excel at both ends of the ice but struggled with consistency and discipline as a big leaguer.

Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, the 6'3" Gibson was an imposing force on the OHA's Niagara Falls Flyers for three years. He was chosen 71st overall by the LA Kings in 1979 and played briefly with the WHA's Winnipeg Jets before spending the 1979-80 season with the Saginaw Gears of the IHL. Gibson scored 79 points and was an intimidating deterrent to opposing forwards. In 1980 he was to the first all-star team and won the Governor's trophy as the IHL's top defenceman.

Gibson toiled briefly in LA but was chiefly a farmhand in the organization. In November, 1981 he was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs with Billy Harris for defenceman Ian Turnbull. He played 27 games for his new club before he was relegated to the AHL. After signing as a free agent with the Winnipeg Jets, Gibson spent most of the 1983-84 season with Sherbrooke of the AHL before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Niagara Falls Flyers OMJHL 59 2 13 15 178
1977-78 Niagara Falls Flyers OMJHL 60 8 20 28 133
1978-79 Niagara Falls Flyers OMJHL 46 15 26 41 218 20 3 3 6 67
1978-79 Winnipeg Jets WHA 9 0 1 1 5
1979-80 Niagara Falls Flyers OMJHL 6 2 2 4 20
1979-80 Binghamton Dusters AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1979-80 Saginaw Gears IHL 67 13 36 49 293 5 1 2 3 38
1980-81 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 0 0 0 21 -5
1980-81 Houston Apollos CHL 33 5 5 10 94
1980-81 Birmingham Bulls CHL 16 6 3 9 42
1980-81 Saginaw Gears IHL 12 0 7 7 82 10 0 1 1 55
1981-82 Los Angeles Kings NHL 6 0 0 0 18 +4
1981-82 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 7 1 0 1 24
1981-82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 27 0 2 2 67 -13
1981-82 Cincinnati Tigers CHL 6 1 2 3 30
1981-82 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 12 0 2 2 6 15 0 1 1 39
1982-83 St. Catharines Saints AHL 21 1 4 5 38
1983-84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 11 0 0 0 14 +2
1983-84 Sherbrooke Jets AHL 49 4 11 15 174
1984-85
1985-86
1986-87 Flint Spirits IHL 4 0 1 1 0
1986-87 Brantford Mott's Clamatos OHA-Sr. 26 4 11 15 45
NHL Totals 48 0 2 2 120


IHL First All-Star Team (1980)
Governors' Trophy (Outstanding Defenseman - IHL) (1980)
Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg (WHA), March, 1979. Traded to Toronto by Los Angeles with Billy Harris for Ian Turnbull, November 11, 1981. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, September 19, 1983.
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