After enjoying one of the more successful careers with the Canisius College hockey team, Kyle Gibbons has inked a contract with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL.
“Taking the next step in my career is awesome and something that I always dreamed about as a kid,” Gibbons said. “It’s really exciting to sign my first contract and I can’t thank Canisius enough for that.
“As a freshman, I don’t think I could have walked into a better situation. Being able to play with great players like Cory Conacher and Vincent Scarsella when I first arrived did a lot to help my confidence. I was also very comfortable playing under Coach Smith and he really helped me by believing in me and giving me a great opportunity to play Division I hockey.”
During his four-year career, Gibbons amassed 130 points, 57 goals, 73 assists and 19 power-play tallies at Canisius. He finished his Golden Griffin tenure ranked fourth in the program’s Division I record in career points and second in career goals.
Gibbons was also the key player in leading Canisius to the program’s first conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013. Named the Atlantic Hockey Championship MVP, he set tournament records with 12 points and eight assists to lead the Griffs to the title. Gibbons graduates as the program’s all-time leader in career postseason points (23), goals (9) and assists (14). The Westlake, Ohio native also collected All-Atlantic Hockey accolades following his junior season.
“I learned a lot of little things during my time at Canisius from each of the coaches,” Gibbons said. “I didn’t know a lot about the school when first arriving but loved my time there and will always be a proud alum. I knew that if I put up some good numbers, I would have a great chance of playing at the next level. Going to Canisius was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made with the opportunities that I was given and I couldn’t say enough about my time there.”
“This is a great opportunity that Kyle has earned,” said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. “His game has developed immensely over his four years and we are excited to see him continue to grow as a professional hockey player.”
Gibbons helped lead the Griffs to back-to-back Atlantic Hockey Championship game appearances during his final two seasons at Canisius with the Griffs claiming the title in 2013. He is also one of 23 players to move to the professional ranks after playing at Canisius under Coach Smith.
Toledo is the ECHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings of the NHL and the Grand Rapids Griffins and Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.