Hello, Foxy Friday. We’ve missed you. We’ve often spent your time doing actual work (that we didn’t do all week), when we should’ve spent the day more enjoyably. Like this.
Foxy Friday: Ben Bishop
You probably heard the Tampa Bay goalie’s name a lot right after you didn’t hear it at all – Ben was not chosen for the 2014 US Men’s Olympic Team. You’re hearing it again now, because the re-injured knee of Detroit’s Jimmy Howard may open a Sochi roster spot for Bishop after all.
If that doesn’t work out, Ben could spend those two weeks smiling into a mirror and feel better. Or at least we’d feel better.
Olympics aside, let’s talk foxiness. Ben is a giant – really, he’s 6’7″. The high heels in our closets just gave a dreamy sigh. He’s 27, from Denver and has no bio on the Lightning website. That’s helpful. A man of mystery, perhaps?
Being a goaltender sounds like a brilliant job for a guy that leaves so little room in the net. Ben started his career with a short stint in St. Louis (just 13 games over 2 years), before being traded to Ottawa. He played 23 games over almost 2 seasons for the Sens, shuttling between their AHL Binghamton counterpart. I put that in just because it’s Upstate NY.
At the 2013 trade deadline, Bishop was sent to Tampa Bay in return for Cory Conacher’s eyebrows and a 4th round draft pick. He played 9 games for the Bolts last year, but this season is when things really got rolling.
Appearing in 37 of the Lightning’s 51 games this season, Ben’s record is 25-6. He’s got a League-leading .934 save percentage and 1.96 goals-against average (3rd in the NHL). Tampa Bay is 2nd in the Atlantic (though they have the same 65 points as leader Boston) and third in the East.
Let’s recap: foxy stats, tall guy, nice smile… what else do you need? How about a photo with BU alum and Original Foxy Friday Matt Gilroy?
Check. I don’t see much on Ben – favorite movie, food, other things we can adore or tease him for. He does like most sports except basketball, so that’s our style [link]. Anyone got a secret file on this guy? Until then, enjoy a highlight reel video from the first 20 games of this season…
and a picture of Ben making this full-grown man look like a child.
Haha. Happy Friday!Tags: ben bishop, tampa bay lightning