Sound Tigers’ Gibson, Sacred Heart product Doherty honored for community work
Christopher Gibson is the Bridgeport Sound Tigers’ Man of the Year, given to a player each season for his contributions to the local community.
Gibson was central to many of the Sound Tigers’ community efforts this interrupted season. He visited local children’s and veterans hospitals, made school appearances and was a part of food, coat and toy drives.
Each AHL team picks a player to honor, nominating him for the AHL’s Yanick Dupre Memorial Award for community involvement.
There’s no timetable on when the league will choose the winner of that award. The AHL shut down on March 12 amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and has said it won’t play again until May at the earliest.
No Sound Tiger has won the Dupre Award, named for a Philadelphia Flyers prospect who died of leukemia in 1997, but coach Brent Thompson and assistant coach Matt Carkner won it during their playing careers.
Connor Doherty, who played three years at Sacred Heart, was named the ECHL’s Community Service Award winner on Monday. Doherty is in his third year with Worcester, the Sound Tigers’ ECHL affiliate, and he went to training camp with Bridgeport this season.
Doherty, who is from the Worcester area, was involved with the Railers’ learn-to-skate program, helped with a Thanksgiving food drive and took part in several charity golf tournaments.
The ECHL ended its season on March 14.