I have always enjoyed Andrew Knoll’s work. Here, he writes about our prospect goaltender, Christopher Gibson. Enjoy and click on the link for more:
With a beaming smile and bronze skin, L.A. Kings goalie prospect Christopher Gibson drifts between languages, accents and attitudes with aplomb, much as he maneuvers between the pipes.
“He’s an interesting guy,” said Kings Head Coach Terry Murray. “He’s a Finn, he speaks English, and when I first met him I thought he was French!”
Despite spending less than two years learning French, Gibson now speaks with a French affectation while speaking fluent English and he can also field questions in his native tongue.
Gibson was born in southern Finland but at 15 he moved to Saskatchewan to join the Notre Dame Hounds. Coming off a Telus-Cup-winning season, Gibson was drafted by Chicoutimi of the QMJHL, where he has spent the past two seasons.
Having moved between three destinations that were hardly tropical oases, Gibson said without hesitation that the winters in Saskatchewan were the toughest.