Off The Post: Stars Beat Predators in Winter Classic, Ben Bishop Interview

Off The Post: Stars Beat Predators in Winter Classic, Ben Bishop Interview – The Dallas Stars have an All-Star and Vezina finalist in Ben Bishop. The personable goalie is excited to play in the Winter Classic. He wants to have fun but also wants the two points in this divisional game against the Nashville Predators. The Stars handed the Predators a 4-2 loss on New Year’s Day. Before the game, Stars goalie Ben Bishop spoke with Russ Cohen.

Off The Post: Stars Beat Predators in Winter Classic, Ben Bishop Interview

Ben Bishop: Goalie, Dallas Stars

Bishop was born in Denver, Colorado in 1986. He played minor ice hockey in St. Louis for the St. Louis Junior Blues. He played forward until the age of eight when he converted to goaltender. He would move to Frisco, Texas in high school, and attended college at the University of Maine. He played for the Texas Tornado of the NAHL in 2004-05. He appeared in 45 games that season and posted a league-best record of 35 wins (including 5 shutouts). That season he would lead the Tornados to their second consecutive National Championship.

A the University of Maine, Bishop finished his freshman season with a 21-8-2 record and a 2.28 GAA. In 2006, he led the Black Bears to the 2006 Frozen Four where they would lose to UW-Madison in the semi finals. The next season, Bishop again helped the Black Bears reach the Frozen Four where they lost to Michigan State in the semi-finals.

Bishop was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the third round, 85th overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut on October 24th, 2008 off the bench in relief of the injured Manny Legace. Bishop appeared in six games with the Blues in 2008-09 and was the back-up goalie for the team in all four of their playoff games that season.

Collectors looking for Ben Bishop’s rookie cards can find them in 2008-09 Upper Deck Hockey products. His Young Guns rookie card appears in 2008-09 Upper Deck Series 2.

On February 26th, 2012, Bishop was traded to the Ottawa Senators. He made his Senators debut on March 6th, 2012. He would finish the season with a 3-3-2 record and a 2.48 GAA in ten games. On April 3rd, 2013, Bishop was traded at the deadline to Tampa Bay. He shut out the Carolina Hurricanes 5-0 in his Lightning debut on April 4th. Shortly after, he signed a two-year extension with Tampa. He set a Lightning franchise career-high with 48 saves in another victory over Carolina on January 19th, 2014.

Bishop flourished in Tampa, earning a nomination for the Vezina Trophy in 2013-14. He made his Stanley Cup playoff debut in a 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in 2015. Later in the playoffs, he joined Tim Thomas and Patrick Roy as the only goaltenders to post shutouts in two Game 7s in a single playoff year. He also became the first goaltender to earn two shutouts in two Game 7s in his first season in the playoffs. The Lightning would go on to lose to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

At the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline, Bishop was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. He was acquired as a backup to the team’s star goalie Jonathan Quick and appeared in seven games with the club. On May 9th, 2017, the Kings traded Bishop to the Dallas Stars. Shortly after the acquisition, Dallas signed Bishop to a six-year contract. In 127 games with Dallas, Bishop has a 67-41-10 record with a .925 SV% and 2.27 GAA.

Off The Post: Stars Beat Predators in Winter Classic, Ben Bishop Interview – Ben Bishop Career Stats

NHL Standard career statistics
Goal Goal Goal Goal Goal Goal Goal Goal Goal Goal Goal Goal Goal Goal Goal Goal Goal Scor Scor Scor
Season Age Tm GP GS W L T/O GA SA SV SV% GAA SO MIN QS QS% RBS GA%- GSAA GAA GPS G A PTS
2008-09 22 STL 6 3 1 1 1 12 112 100 .893 2.94 0 245 1 .333 0 3.18 0.5 0 0 0
2010-11 24 STL 7 5 3 4 0 17 168 151 .899 2.77 1 369 2 .400 3 3.25 0.7 0 0 0
2011-12 25 OTT 10 9 3 3 2 22 243 221 .909 2.48 0 532 5 .556 1 2.93 1.4 0 0 0
2012-13 26 TOT 22 21 11 9 1 56 701 645 .920 2.67 2 1260 14 .667 3 91 5.74 3.19 5.0 0 0 0
2012-13 26 OTT 13 12 8 5 0 31 399 368 .922 2.45 1 758 8 .667 3 88 4.14 2.93 3.0 0 0 0
2012-13 26 TBL 9 9 3 4 1 25 302 277 .917 2.99 1 502 6 .667 0 94 1.60 3.58 2.0 0 0 0
2013-14 27 TBL 63 63 37 14 7 133 1758 1625 .924 2.23 5 3586 38 .603 8 88 18.48 2.61 12.9 0 2 2
2014-15 28 TBL 62 59 40 13 5 136 1620 1484 .916 2.32 4 3519 33 .559 8 98 2.27 2.75 10.0 0 4 4
2015-16 29 TBL 61 60 35 21 4 123 1672 1549 .926 2.06 6 3585 37 .617 4 86 19.36 2.44 12.2 0 1 1
2016-17 30 TOT 39 37 18 15 5 94 1040 946 .910 2.54 1 2223 19 .514 6 104 -4.00 2.94 5.7 0 0 0
2016-17 30 TBL 32 31 16 12 3 77 870 793 .911 2.55 1 1813 16 .516 4 102 -1.71 2.95 4.9 0 0 0
2016-17 30 LAK 7 6 2 3 2 17 170 153 .900 2.49 0 410 3 .500 2 2.93 0.7 0 0 0
2017-18 31 DAL 53 51 26 17 5 120 1437 1317 .916 2.49 5 2887 27 .529 8 95 6.12 2.68 8.7 0 1 1
2018-19 32 DAL 46 45 27 15 2 87 1323 1236 .934 1.98 7 2637 31 .689 1 73 32.24 2.09 10.8 0 2 2
2019-20 33 DAL 28 28 14 9 3 61 825 764 .926 2.33 1 1574 19 .679 4 81 14.50 2.44 6.2 0 0 0
5 yrs TBL 227 222 131 64 20 494 6222 5728 .921 2.28 17 13005 130 .586 24 94 2.69 42.0 0 7 7
3 yrs DAL 127 124 67 41 10 268 3585 3317 .925 2.27 13 7098 77 .621 13 83 2.41 25.7 0 3 3
2 yrs STL 13 8 4 5 1 29 280 251 .896 2.83 1 614 3 .375 3 3.23 1.2 0 0 0
2 yrs OTT 23 21 11 8 2 53 642 589 .917 2.47 1 1290 13 .619 4 88 2.93 4.3 0 0 0
1 yr LAK 7 6 2 3 2 17 170 153 .900 2.49 0 410 3 .500 2 2.93 0.7 0 0 0
Career 11 yrs 397 381 215 121 35 861 10899 10038 .921 2.30 32 22417 226 .593 46 89 2.63 74.0 0 10 10
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/2/2020.

Here is a look at some of Ben Bishop’s cards as he talks with Russ Cohen before the 2020 Winter Classic in Dallas. You can listen to the Off the Post podcast HERE.

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