FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 4, 2014
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS SIGN FORWARD BRIAN GIBBONS TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Brian Gibbons to a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Gibbons, 26, has spent the past three seasons in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, tallying five goals, seven assists, 12 points, six penalty minutes and a +5 plus/minus rating in 41 games for Pittsburgh (all in 2013- 14) and 30-60-90 in 168 appearances with the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The 5-8, 170-pound center skated in eight games during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, registering 2-1-3, 2 PIM and a +2 plus/minus rating. He also recorded 1-2-3, 18 PIM and was +2 in 10 Calder Cup Playoff games and competed in the 2014 AHL All-Star Game, dishing out two assists for Team AHL in a 7-2 victory over Färjestad BK.
A native of Braintree, Massachusetts, Gibbons won a NCAA title with the Boston College Eagles in 2008 and 2010. He was named to Hockey East’s All-Academic Team in 2009 and was a Second Team All-Star for the conference in 2011. In 160 career collegiate games, Gibbons recorded 56-108-164 and a +82 rating.