From the Toledo Blade’s Mark Monroe comes a profile of 28-year-old Toledo Walleye defenseman Kevin Gibson, son of baseball legend Kirk Gibson:
Growing up in an ultra-competitive household, Toledo Walleye defenseman Kevin Gibson detested losing.
Gibson and his two brothers went at it in just about every sport, never yielding an inch. As the son of Detroit Tigers legend Kirk Gibson, Kevin Gibson saw first hand what it meant to be a fierce competitor.
“I don’t know if it’s something you inherit. Maybe that makes sense,” Gibson said. “I’m an extremely competitive person. I hate to lose.”
While his father made his name in baseball as a tough-as-nails outfielder, Kevin Gibson was drawn to hockey. Gibson and brothers Cam and Kirk loved athletic competition growing up Grosse Pointe, Mich.
“During the 1990s, the [Detroit Red] Wings came to be the powerhouse [they were] and I really got into hockey,” Gibson said. “We had a backyard rink and all that. My two brothers and I were always playing something. Mini sticks in the basement, baseball, football. We’re all competitive. Whoever lost, it would almost always end in some type of altercation.”