The 2011-12 season started out quite differently for then-Penguins rookie forwards Brian Gibbons and Paul Thompson. One saw immediate success from the first drop of the puck and the other slowly gained his stride throughout the year. Looking to build upon their first professional season in the AHL, Gibbons and Thompson will search for consistent outputs in the 2012-13 campaign.
Brian Gibbons won two National Championships with Boston College from 2007-11 and was a point-per-game player for the Eagles putting up 164 points (56g-108a) in 160 contests. Becoming the 14th player in the university’s illustrious program to register 100 assists, his strong start did not surprise many.
The Braintree, MA-native began the year auspiciously enough by scoring Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first goal of 2011-12 – a shorthanded one at that - in the season opener against rival Hershey. His splash on the scene continued as he added 14 points (4g-10a) in the next 21 games.