Ben Bishop

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Ben Bishop
Born(1986-11-21) November 21, 1986 (age 25)
Denver, CO, USA
Height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
PositionGoaltender
CatchesLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Ottawa Senators
St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft85th overall, 2005
St. Louis Blues
Playing career2008–present
 
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Ben Bishop
Born(1986-11-21) November 21, 1986 (age 25)
Denver, CO, USA
Height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
PositionGoaltender
CatchesLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Ottawa Senators
St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft85th overall, 2005
St. Louis Blues
Playing career2008–present

Ben Bishop III (born November 21, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey player. Bishop currently plays for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Bishop previously played in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues and in the AHL with the Peoria Rivermen. Nicknamed "Big Ben", Bishop is the tallest goalie to ever play in the NHL at 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m).

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Personal

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] Neither of Bishop's parents are nearly as tall as he is; his father is 6' 1" and his mother is 5' 3" tall.[1]

Playing career

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]

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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. 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.

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]

Bishop made his NHL debut October 24, 2008 against the Los Angeles Kings. He came into the game at the beginning of the second period after an injury to Manny Legacé.[4] Legace tripped on the carpet that was laid out for Vice-Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, who dropped the first puck. 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.[5]

On February 26, 2012, Bishop was traded to the Ottawa Senators for a second-round draft pick in the 2013 draft.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.

Career statistics

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPWLT/OTMINGASOGAASV%GPWLMINGASOGAASV%
2004–05Texas TornadoNAHL45358225778351.93.92011926603002.73.891
2005–06University of MaineHE31217217286402.22.908
2006–07University of MaineHE34219219076832.14.923
2007–08University of MaineHE341318319728022.43.920
2007–08Peoria RivermenAHL52213021202.38.908
2008–09Peoria RivermenAHL331516118988912.81.897
2008–09St. Louis BluesNHL61112451212.94.893
2009–10Peoria RivermenAHL4823184279312902.77.901
2010–11Peoria RivermenAHL351714220438722.55.91410159202.04.895
2010–11St. Louis BluesNHL73403691712.76.899
2011–12Peoria RivermenAHL382414022588562.26.928-
2011–12Binghamton SenatorsAHL3210179702.35.944-
2011-12Ottawa SenatorsNHL103325322202.48.909
NHL totals2378311455112.67.902

Awards and achievements

References

  1. ^ a b c 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. Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. http://blues.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=388511. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  3. ^ "Blues Recall Bishop from Peoria". St. Louis Blues. 2008-10-19. http://blues.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=387541. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  4. ^ "LaBarbera gets third shutout in Kings’ 4-0 win". Yahoo! Sports. 2008-10-24. Archived from the original on 28 October 2008. http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/recap?gid=2008102419. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  5. ^ http://www.fox2now.com/sports/hockey/blues/ktvi-blues-hockey-sign-nichol-bishop-070511,0,6733054.story
  6. ^ "Bulletin: Senators acquire goaltender Ben Bishop from St. Louis for a second-round draft pick" (Press release). Ottawa Senators. February 26, 2012. http://senators.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=619060. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Ottawa/2012/02/26/19428926.html Bishop a big deal for Senators
  8. ^ http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=388911 SENATORS ACQUIRE G BISHOP FROM BLUES FOR SECOND-ROUND PICK

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