Ben Bishop

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Ben Bishop
Ben Bishop - Tampa Bay Lightning.jpg
Bishop with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2013
Born (1986-11-21) November 21, 1986 (age 35)
Denver, Colorado, United States
Height 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Dallas Stars
St. Louis Blues
Ottawa Senators
Tampa Bay Lightning
Los Angeles Kings
National team  United States
NHL Draft 85th overall, 2005
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2008–present

Benjamin Bishop III (born November 21, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender. He currently plays for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Ottawa Senators. He is nicknamed "Big Ben" because of his height at 6' 7".[1]

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Before playing in the NHL, Bishop played parts of 1 season with the Texas Tornado of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and 3 years of college hockey with the University of Maine Black Bears. With the Tornado, Bishop led them to their second National Championship and Gold Cup and he was named to the first team of the NAHL All-Rookie Team. With the Black Bears, Bishop was named the Rookie of the Month in the months of October 2005 and February 2006. He was also named the Goaltender of the Month by the NCAA's Hockey East conference. He led Maine to the Frozen Four twice. In 2006, they lost in the semi-finals to the University of Wisconsin–Madison and in 2007, they lost to Michigan State University in the semi-finals.

He was drafted 85th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. On March 11, 2008, Bishop signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Bruins.[2] He began playing for their AHL-affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.

The Blues called Bishop up on October 19, 2008.[3] On October 24, 2008, Bishop played in his first NHL game, coming off the bench to replace an injured Manny Legace to start the second period. He gave up two goals in a 4–0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.[4] On February 25, 2011, Bishop recorded his first NHL shutout, stopping 39 shots in a 5–0 win against the Edmonton Oilers.[5]

On February 26, 2012, the Blues traded Bishop to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a second-round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.[6] On March 6, 2012, Bishop made his Senators debut in a 7–3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.[7] During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Bishop played for the Senators AHL-affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. He was called back up to serve as Craig Anderson's backup after the lockout was over.

On April 3, 2013, the Senators traded Bishop to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Cory Conacher and a fourth-round draft pick.[8] Bishop signed a two-year, $4.6 million extension with the Lightning on April 15.[9]

On January 19, 2014, Bishop set both a career high and a Tampa Bay franchise record after he made 48 saves in a 7–3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.[10][11]

The Lightning named Bishop the starting goaltender over Anders Lindbäck for the 2013–14 NHL season. Over the season, Bishop recorded a record of 37–14–7 over the 63 games played that season. He recorded a .924 save percentage, a 2.23 goals against average, was ranked fourth in games played, as well as seventh in save percentage and goals against. He posted five shutouts, the second-most in Lightning history, and he set single season records for wins, save percentage and GAA. He recorded the second-most saves in Lightning history, with 1,625.[12] He was nominated for Vezina Trophy and finished third in voting.[13] On April 4, 2015, Bishop recorded his 38th win of the season in a 4–0 shutout win against the Florida Panthers. This beat the Tampa Bay franchise record he set the previous season and was a new personal best.[14]

On April 18, 2015, Bishop made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut. He earned his recorded his first career playoff win with a 5–1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.[15]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop makes big statement". Toronto Sun. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  2. "Bishop Agrees to Contract with Blues". St. Louis Blues. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  3. "Blues Recall Bishop from Peoria". St. Louis Blues. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  4. "Kings 4, Blues 0". St. Louis Blues. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  5. "Blues 5, Oilers 0". St. Louis Blues. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  6. "Bulletin: Senators acquire goaltender Ben Bishop from St. Louis for a second-round draft pick". Ottawa Senators. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  7. "Senators 7, Lightning 3". Ottawa Senators. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  8. "Lightning Acquire Goaltender Ben Bishop from Ottawa". Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  9. "Lightning Sign Goaltender Ben Bishop to Two-Year Extension". Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  10. "Bishop, Lightning Weather Carolina's Storm". Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  11. "Bishop boosts Lightning past Hurricanes". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  12. "Lightning Sign Ben Bishop to Two-Year Contract Extension". Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  13. "Bruins' Rask wins his first Vezina Trophy". NHL. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  14. "Pair of Steven Stamkos goals paces Bolts past Panthers 4-0". Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  15. "Lightning pound Red Wings 5-1 to even series". Tampa Bay Lightning. Retrieved May 26, 2015.

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