Ben Bishop

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Ben Bishop
Ben Bishop - Tampa Bay Lightning.jpg
Bishop in 2013.
Born (1986-11-21) November 21, 1986 (age 27)
Denver, CO, US
Height 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
St. Louis Blues
Ottawa Senators
National team  United States
NHL Draft 85th overall, 2005
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2008–present
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2013 Stockholm/Helsinki

Ben Bishop III (born November 21, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey player. A goaltender, Bishop currently plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). Bishop previously played in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues and Ottawa Senators. Nicknamed "Big Ben", Bishop is the tallest goaltender to ever play in the NHL at 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m). Bishop was born in Denver, Colorado, but grew up in St. Louis, Missouri.

Personal[edit]

Bishop is the son of Ben Bishop, Jr. and Cindy Bishop. Bishop's grandfather was a tennis professional who played in the US Open.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Bishop played youth hockey for the Kirkwood Stars in suburban St. Louis as well as the St. Louis Junior Blues. Bishop attended Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis, Missouri.[2] Bishop played forward until eight years of age when he was converted to a goaltender.[1]

Ben Bishop.jpg

Bishop played for the Texas Tornado of North American Hockey League during the 2004–05 season. He appeared in 45 games and posted a league-best record of 35 wins, eight losses, with five shutouts. His goals against average of 1.93 was second in the league. Most notably, he led the Texas Tornado to their second consecutive National Championship and Gold Cup, given to the best junior A hockey team in North America. Bishop was named to the first team of the NAHL All-Rookie Team at the end of the season.

As a freshman for the University of Maine during the 2005–06 season, Bishop finished the regular season with a record of 21 wins, 8 loses and 2 ties, and a 2.28 goals against average. His first game as a college player he lost in overtime to Colorado College in Colorado. The following weekend Bishop led Maine to a sweep of the back to back national champions Denver. In October 2005 and February 2006 he was awarded Rookie of the Month as well as Goaltender of the Month by Hockey East. He was also named Rookie of the Week four separate times. Bishop led the Black Bears to the 2006 Frozen Four, losing to the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the semifinals despite playing strongly. He led the Black Bears to the Frozen Four once again in 2007, but lost to Michigan State University, in the semi-finals 4–2. As a junior in the 2007–08 NCAA Men's Division 1 hockey competition, Bishop played behind a less than stellar team, but he had a stellar season, as he posted a 2.43 GAA with a .920 save percentage.

St. Louis Blues[edit]

Bishop in 2011.

Bishop was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the third round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, 85th overall and became one of their top prospects. It was announced on March 11, 2008 that he had signed with the St. Louis Blues, and he played with Peoria for the remainder of that AHL season. In five games in 2008 with Peoria he posted a 2.39 GAA, as well as receiving a fighting major in his second career game.

It was announced on October 19, 2008 that Bishop was recalled from Peoria to join the Blues in St. Louis.[3]

On October 24, 2008, Bishop made his NHL debut, coming off the bench in relief of the injured Manny Legace to start the second period, giving up two goals over the final 40 minutes in a 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.[4] (Legace had tripped on the carpet that was laid out for Vice-Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, who dropped the ceremonial first puck.)[5] Bishop ultimately appeared in six games with the Blues in 2008-09 and was the back-up goalie for all 4 of the team's playoff games that season.

After Jaroslav Halak was injured in the 2010-2011 season, Bishop was called up from Peoria. In his third game played of the season he would record his first NHL shutout, against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on February 25, 2011, stopping all 39 shots in a 5-0 win.

On July 5, 2011, Bishop signed a one-year contract with the St. Louis Blues.[6]

Ottawa Senators[edit]

Bishop in 2013.

On February 26, 2012, Bishop was traded to the Ottawa Senators for a second-round draft pick in the 2013 draft.[7] A kitchen accident resulted in Senators' starting goalie Craig Anderson being injured indefinitely with a hand laceration, a situation that may have hastened Bishop's move to Ottawa.[8] At the time of the trade, Bishop was the American Hockey League's top goaltender with a 24-14-0 record, a 2.26 goals against average, a 0.928 save percentage, and a league-leading six shutouts through 38 games.[9] Bishop made his Senators debut against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 6, 2012, a game Ottawa won 7-3. He earned his second win in as many starts in a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers. He would finish the season with a 3-3-2 record and 2.48 GAA in ten games with Ottawa.

Due to the 2012 NHL lockout, Bishop began the season in the AHL with the Binghamton Senators, where he posted an 8-3-2 record and 2.59 GAA in thirteen games. Once the lockout was resolved, he was called up to Ottawa to serve as backup to Craig Anderson. His first game of the NHL season was less than memorable for Bishop, as he surrendered five goals on 30 shots in a loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.[10] His play improved however, as he was named the NHL's third star of the week on February 25, 2013, after posting a 2.03 goals-against average and .931 save percentage as Ottawa won all four of its games.[11]

Tampa Bay Lightning[edit]

On April 3, 2013, Bishop was dealt at the 2012–13 trade deadline by the Senators to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Cory Conacher and a fourth-round draft pick. On April 15, Bishop signed a two year 4.6 million dollar extension with the Lightning.[12] Bishop set a career high and Tampa Bay franchise record on January 19, 2014 by making 48 saves in a victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.[13]

During the 2013-2014 season, Ben Bishop was named the starter for the Tampa Bay Lightning over fellow goaltender Anders Lindback. He has since posted a .932 save percentage, a 2.00 GAA, and five shutouts in 67 games played through the season. He was named a finalist for the top honor for an NHL goaltender, the "Vezina Trophy," for the 13-14 season.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2004–05 Texas Tornado NAHL 45 35 8 2 2577 83 5 1.93 .920 11 9 2 660 30 0 2.73 .891
2005–06 University of Maine HE 31 21 7 2 1728 64 0 2.22 .908
2006–07 University of Maine HE 34 21 9 2 1907 68 3 2.14 .923
2007–08 University of Maine HE 34 13 18 3 1972 80 2 2.43 .920
2007–08 Peoria Rivermen AHL 5 2 2 1 302 12 0 2.38 .908
2008–09 Peoria Rivermen AHL 33 15 16 1 1898 89 1 2.81 .897
2008–09 St. Louis Blues NHL 6 1 1 1 245 12 1 2.94 .893
2009–10 Peoria Rivermen AHL 48 23 18 4 2793 129 0 2.77 .901
2010–11 Peoria Rivermen AHL 35 17 14 2 2043 87 2 2.55 .914 1 0 1 59 2 0 2.04 .895
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 3 4 0 369 17 1 2.76 .899
2011–12 Peoria Rivermen AHL 38 24 14 0 2258 85 6 2.26 .928
2011–12 Binghamton Senators AHL 3 2 1 0 179 7 0 2.35 .944
2011–12 Ottawa Senators NHL 10 3 3 2 532 22 0 2.48 .909
2012–13 Binghamton Senators AHL 13 8 3 2 787 34 0 2.59 .928
2012–13 Ottawa Senators NHL 13 8 5 0 758 31 1 2.45 .922
2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 9 3 4 1 502 25 1 2.99 .917
2013–14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 63 37 14 7 3586 133 5 2.23 .924
NHL totals 108 55 31 11 5992 240 8 2.40 .920

International statistics[edit]

Year Comp GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
2010 WC 1 0 0 0 20 0 0 0.00
2013 WC 5 3 2 0 297 14 0 2.83
Senior Int'l totals 6 3 2 0 317 14 0 2.65

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 2005–06
All-Hockey East Second Team 2007–08
  • Won 2005 NAHL National Championship
  • Winning goaltender in 2005 NAHL All-Star Game
  • Named to first All-Rookie NAHL team, 2004–05
  • Named Texas Tornado Rookie of the Year, 2004–05
  • Hockey East Rookie of the Week four times during 2005–06
  • Hockey East Rookie of the Month in October 2005 and February 2006
  • Named to NCAA All Regional Team in Albany 2006
  • Inside College Hockey Player of the Month in October 2006
  • Hockey East Player and Goaltender of the Month in October 2006
  • Named to Florida Classic All Tournament Team in 2007
  • Named to NCAA All Regional Team in Rochester in 2007
  • Hockey East Goaltender of the Month in October 2007
  • AHL All Star game MVP in February 2012
  • NHL 'Third Star of the Week' - February 25, 2013[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brodie, Rob (February 8, 2012). "Bishop born to shine on hockey's biggest stage". Ottawa Senators. 
  2. ^ Pinkert, Chris (2008-10-24). "Home Sweet Home for Blues' Bishop". St. Louis Blues. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  3. ^ "Blues Recall Bishop from Peoria". St. Louis Blues. 2008-10-19. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  4. ^ http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2008020104
  5. ^ "LaBarbera gets third shutout in Kings’ 4-0 win". Yahoo! Sports. 2008-10-24. Archived from the original on 28 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  6. ^ http://www.fox2now.com/sports/hockey/blues/ktvi-blues-hockey-sign-nichol-bishop-070511,0,6733054.story
  7. ^ "Bulletin: Senators acquire goaltender Ben Bishop from St. Louis for a second-round draft pick" (Press release). Ottawa Senators. February 26, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Ottawa/2012/02/26/19428926.html Bishop a big deal for Senators
  9. ^ http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=388911 SENATORS ACQUIRE G BISHOP FROM BLUES FOR SECOND-ROUND PICK
  10. ^ SENATORS LOOK TO RETURN TO FORM AS THEY HOST PENGUINS http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=414613
  11. ^ VORACEK, STAMKOS, BISHOP NAMED NHL'S THREE STARS OF THE WEEK http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=416821
  12. ^ "Lightning get Bishop in exchange for Conacher". National Hockey League. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  13. ^ "Bishop boosts Lightning past Hurricanes". Tampa Bay Times. January 19, 2014. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  14. ^ Lund, Chris (February 25, 2013). "Bishop named Third Star of the Week". Ottawa Senators. 

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