Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ben Bishop
Ben Bishop was born on November 21, 1986 in Denver, Colorado. At 6' 7", Bishop is the tallest goalie to ever play in the NHL. Bishop is a hometown talent, growing up in St. Louis he has been a life long Blues fan.

Bishop was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the third round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, 85th overall. In five games in 2008 with Peoria, the Blues AHL affiliate, he posted a 2.39 GAA, as well as receiving a fighting major in his second career game.

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 Legace. Legace tripped on a carpet that was laid out for Sarah Palin, who dropped the ceremonial faceoff. Bishop was with the St. Louis Blues for 36 games in 2008-2009, appearing in six.

With Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott crowding the Blues net, Bishop found playing time in the NHL to be scarce. As such, he dominated the American Hockey League during the 2011-12 season with a blistering 2.26 goals against average and a save percentage of .928.

On February 26, 2012, Bishop's time in the Blues' organization would come to an end. He was traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a second round draft pick.

In Ottawa, Bishop again found playing time to be scarce. With three NHL caliber goaltenders on the roster, the Senators deemed him expendable and traded him to the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 3, 2013 in exchange for Cory Conacher.

In his first year with the Lightning, Bishop posted a 37-14-7 record and set records in goals against average with 2.23 and a save percentage of .924. This was good enough to be a finalist for the Vezina Trophy for the best goaltender in the NHL.

During the 2014-15 season, he led the Lightning to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final where the Chicago Blackhawks would ruin their run by winning in six games.

On February 26, 2017, Bishop's time in the Lightning organization would come to an end. He was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Peter Budaj, Erik Cernak and a pair of draft picks.

On the international stage, he has represented the United States twice where he appeared in the 2010 and 2014 World Championships.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
2003-04 St. Louis AAA Blues MAHL 11 8 1 2 1 1.73
2003-04 St. Louis AAA Blues Other 26 15 7 4 3 2.51
2004-05 Texas Tornado NAHL 45 35 8 0 5 1.93 11 9 2 0 2.73
2005-06 University of Maine H-East 31 21 8 2 0 2.28
2006-07 University of Maine H-East 34 21 9 2 3 2.14
2007-08 University of Maine H-East 34 13 18 3 2 2.43
2007-08 Peoria Rivermen AHL 5 2 2 1 0 2.38
2008-09 St. Louis Blues NHL 6 1 1 1 0 2.94
2008-09 Peoria Rivermen AHL 33 15 16 1 1 2.81
2009-10 Peoria Rivermen AHL 48 23 18 4 0 2.77
2009-10 United States WC-A 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
2010-11 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 3 4 0 1 2.76
2010-11 Peoria Rivermen AHL 35 17 14 2 2 2.55 1 0 1 0 2.04
2011-12 Peoria Rivermen AHL 38 24 14 0 6 2.26
2011-12 Ottawa Senators NHL 10 3 3 2 0 2.48
2011-12 Binghamton Senators AHL 3 2 1 0 0 2.35
2012-13 Binghamton Senators AHL 13 8 3 2 0 2.59
2012-13 Ottawa Senators NHL 13 8 5 0 1 2.45
2012-13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 9 3 4 1 1 2.99
2012-13 United States WC-A 5 3 2 0 0 2.83
2013-14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 63 37 14 7 5 2.23
2014-15 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 62 40 13 5 4 2.32 25 13 11 3 2.18
2015-16 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 61 35 21 4 6 2.06 11 8 2 2 1.86
2016-17 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 32 16 12 3 1 2.55
2016-17 Los Angeles Kings NHL 7 2 3 2 0 2.49
NHL Totals 270 148 80 25 19 2.32 36 21 13 5 2.08


Hockey East All-Rookie Team (2006) Hockey East Second All-Star Team (2008) AHL Second All-Star Team (2012) NHL Second All-Star Team (2016) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2016) Traded to Ottawa by St. Louis for Ottawa's 2nd round pick (Thomas Vannelli) in 2013 NHL Draft, February 26. 2012. Traded to Tampa Bay by Ottawa for Cory Conacher and Philadelphia's 4th round pick (previously acquired, Ottawa selected Tobias Lindberg) in 2013 NHL Draft, April 3, 2013. Traded to Los Angeles by Tampa Bay with Tampa Bay's 5th round pick (Drake Rymsha) in 2017 NHL Draft for Peter Budaj, Erik Cernak and Los Angeles' 7th round pick (later traded to Philadelphia - Philadelphia selected Wyatt Kalynuk) in 2017 NHL Draft, February 28, 2017. Traded to Dallas by Los Angeles for Montreal's 4th round pick (previously acquired, Los Angeles selected Markus Phillips) in 2017 NHL Draft, May 9, 2017.
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