EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips and general manager Garry Davidson announced that the club has signed prospect defenseman Ty Gibson to a WHL Standard Player Agreement.
“We are proud to welcome Ty Gibson and his family to the Everett Silvertips, and are excited of his decision to choose the Western Hockey League and the Silvertips as the next step in his career,” said Davidson. “Ty demonstrated remarkable progress over the summer and checks off a lot of boxes with what we look for in defensemen who fit our program. We look forward to seeing him in training camp this month.”
“Ty is a really dynamic skater with great vision and a feel for the game,” said Silvertips scout Zed Malenica. “He has the tools to be a really good fit for our program. His ability to play the game with a high degree of tempo, move pucks out of his own zone, flow pucks through the neutral zone, and be a facilitator on the point increased significantly over the course of the summer. He has a good foundation of character and comes from a really solid family.”
Gibson, a 2003-born defenseman, is the first signed prospect from the Silvertips 2018 WHL Draft class and was selected in the third round (64th overall). He was tied for seventh in the league scoring among defensemen and led Pacific Coast Academy (CSSBHL) blue-liners with 24 points (8G-16A) in 30 games, additionally recording four power play goals and three game winning goals last season. Gibson earned a season high four point game on Dec. 17, when he logged first three-assist game of the season. He would add one more three-assist effort on Feb. 17.
The Victoria, BC native also suited up in four games with Pacific Coast Academy’s Elite 15s squad, earning one assist. Additionally, Gibson skated in three CSSBHL postseason games for Pacific Coast Academy last season.
Silvertips 2018 Training Camp will open at Angel of the Winds Arena on Thursday, Aug. 23 with the first scrimmage scheduled at 11:00 a.m. (free of charge to the public).