Back on the plane, Ovie.

John Gibson got cut by the Pittsburgh Hornets travel organization. He was a second-stringer at Baldwin High School.

But now, Gibson is AMERICA’S GOALIE. Your goalie. My goalie. Our goalie. The people’s goalie.

Gibson, 19, backstopped the U.S. to the gold medal in the 2013 World Junior Championships at Ufa, Russia. He got tournament MVP. Today, Gibson knocked out Russia in the World Championships at Helsinki, Finland. U.S. 8, Russia 3. Gibson made 31 saves. Alex Ovechkin, eliminated again. Twice in four days.

First the junior varsity, now the varsity. Roll over, Jim Craig, and tell Jack McCartan the news. John Gibson IS America.

Gibson was Anaheim’s second-round pick in 2011. Jonas Hiller couldn’t cut the playoff mustard. Gibson won’t crack. So let him quack.