Here are 10 things you might not know about Ben Bishop.
He stands at 6-7 making him an inch taller than goalies like Devan Dubnyk and Scott Darling. That makes him a full two feet and seven inches taller than a standard NHL net. And that's before he puts his skates on.
Bishop's hockey career started when he was 18 years old as a member of the Texas Tornado in 2004-2005, where he served as the goalie for the Frisco-based NAHL team.
While his stats were impressive -- he was 35-8-2 in 45 games and posted a 1.93 GAA -- his lasting memory from his first stint in the Lone Star State was most definitely his participation in a brawl that ended with him taking out Santa Fe RoadRunners goalie Ryan Hatch.
This one is in two parts. In 2014 Bishop and Prust got into it with one another during a commercial break. Prust's stick went up into Bishop's groin and chaos ensued.
A little more than a year later the two were back at it. Bishop went around the back of the net to make a play on the puck when Prust boarded him. As expected, more fighting occurred.
Just take a look at this shot from Peter Holland. Amazingly enough, Bishop stayed in the game. Hockey players are tough dudes.
Bishop told Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Bay Times that he used to watch tapes of hockey games on his VCR as a kid, and that his two favorite goalies were Roberto Luongo and Olie Kolzig. Watching the tapes also helped his game.
"Ever since I was in junior, I was a big video guy," Bishop told the Times. "I would watch a lot of tape by myself, not with a coach or anything, when it was available. To this day, I still like to watch a lot of video. I was sort of self-taught, as I was able to watch those videos and kind of go back and nitpick myself."
In the same story by Erlendsson, Bishop said that he played baseball, football and hockey growing up. From Erlendsson:
When he was about 8 and everyone had to take a turn playing goalie, Bishop gravitated to the position after spending the two previous seasons at forward.
Getting the chance to play the entire game appealed to Bishop. So, when it came time to decide which sport to commit to full time before his freshman year in high school -- he played catcher in baseball, wide receiver in football and was recruited to play basketball, as well -- hockey was his sport of choice.
This is how he's done against Central Division teams in the regular season. Oddly enough his worst record against team is the Stars at 1-3-0 with a .871 save percentage.
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