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Gibson Named SEHL Coach of the Year

March 24, 2004 - South East Hockey League (SEHL) - Huntsville Channel Cats News Release

HUNTSVILLE, AL – The South East Hockey League announced today that Huntsville Channel Cats head coach, John Gibson, has been named the league’s Coach of the Year. The thirty-three year old native of Kingston, Ontario was chosen by a vote of the league’s head coaches, team front office personnel, and media representatives from each of the four league cities.

“We are very pleased with the job Coach Gibson has done this season,” Channel Cats General Manager, Kevin Walker, said. “I believe the key component to our success is the chemistry among the players he brought in. The mark of a good coach is the ability to mesh all your players and he has done that.”

Gibson, is his first head coaching job, directed the Channel Cats to the SEHL regular season championship, posting an outstanding record of 43 wins and only 13 losses. The ‘Cats were equally impressive both on the home Von Braun Center ice and on the road. At home, the team posted a 22-6 record and on the road the Channel Cats were 21-7. Huntsville has earned a first-round playoff bye and will play for the SEHL playoff championship beginning April 1st.

“A coach is not worth anything without his players,” Gibson said. “The players are the ones that put us in the position that we are in. They came out and played hard all season and bought into our system, but we are not done yet, we still have one more goal to reach.”

Gibson played six seasons of professional hockey from 1995-2001, including five seasons with the Huntsville Channel Cats of the Central Hockey League. He played in a total of 352 games with Huntsville, Topeka, and Fayetteville in the CHL. Gibson also helped to lead the Huntsville Channel Cats to the CHL league championship in the 1998-99 season, and was a two-time CHL all-star. He played college hockey at the University of Western Ontario before turning pro.

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