Gibson hopes to make most of return

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:13 AM ET

History, the Toronto Rock will be unhappy to know, is on ex teammate's Darryl Gibson's side.

The Arizona Sting defender, shipped to the San Jose Stealth by Rock general manager/coach Terry Sanderson in a blockbuster off-season deal before being traded to Arizona in January, hopes his championship homecoming tomorrow at the Air Canada Centre turns out as well as the 2002 final.

That year, his first season with the Rock after the Albany Attack didn't protect him in the expansion draft, the fleet-footed Gibson returned to Albany for the final and scored two key goals in a 13-12 Toronto win.

"It's an unbelievable thrill," the personable Toronto native said when asked about returning to his old stamping ground tomorrow. "It's a nice little situation to be in, coming home with a chance to win the championship. This is a tight group and I really want to do it with these guys."

Gibson, who works for a family insurance adjusting business in Toronto and has an eight-year-old son, was more than a little disappointed when he was sent to San Jose in the deal that brought Josh Sanderson to Toronto.

"Of course I was (upset)," Gibson said. "It was a great situation. I could drive 10 minutes to the arena and my son could watch every game. Who wouldn't want to play in Toronto?"

The Stealth, after learning Gibson couldn't re-locate, sent him to Arizona, which has worked out just fine.

"I'm very happy where I'm at," Gibson said. "Terry had to do what he had to do and it's worked out for them. They're a first place team, so you can't argue with it. I really believe everything happens for a reason."

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All-star Rock defender Glenn Clark, who has missed the past six games with a hamstring injury, didn't practise Wednesday and is questionable for tomorrow.

"I'll give it a test (in shootaround tonight) and see how it goes," Clark said.


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