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Bishop Signs With Blues

CHN Staff Report

With Maine one of the few teams whose seasons are already over, junior goaltender Ben Bishop, a stalwart in net for three seasons, is officially leaving school.

Bishop, a third-round pick of St. Louis in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (85th overall), will join the team's AHL affiliate in Peoria (Ill.) for the remainder of the season, the Blues said.

Bishop is a native of St. Louis, and participated in the Frozen Four there for Maine last season. Maine made the Frozen Four each of Bishop's first two seasons, but this year, the team slipped to ninth place in Hockey East and failed to qualify for the postseason.

The 6-7, 210-pounder was 13-18-3 this season with a 2.43 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. He was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week three times this season, while being named Hockey East Goalie of the Month for the month of October.

Last year, Bishop was 21-9-2 record with a 2.14 goals against average and .923 save percentage.

Bishop registered a 55-34-7 career record at Maine ranking third all-time in games played (99), second in saves (2,399), fifth in wins (55) and fourth with a 2.29 goals against average.

Bishop spent three years at Chaminade High School in St. Louis before joining the Texas Tornado of the North American Hockey League following his junior year.

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