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Ben Bishop Traded to Ottawa Senators
Published: February 26th 2012 @ 12:13 PM



St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Sunday the club has acquired a second round draft choice in 2013 from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop.


“I would like to thank Ben for his time in our organization,” said Armstrong.  “He was a professional on and off the ice for us and we wish him nothing but the best in Ottawa.”


Bishop, 25, was 24-12-2 in 38 games with the Peoria Rivermen (American Hockey League) this season. The 6’7, 215-pound goaltender was in the process of putting together some of the American Hockey League’s most impressive numbers.  He was leading the AHL in wins (24), shutouts (6), save percentage (0.928), and shootout wins (4).  He ranked second in saves (1099), third in minutes played (2257:41), and fifth in goals against average.


On Jan. 29, he was named the Reebok Top Goaltender at the AHL Skills Competition and the following day stopped 10 of 11 shots in the third period to take home AHL All-Star Classic MVP honors. 


He leaves the Rivermen as the AHL-franchise leader in nearly every goaltending category.  His 158 games played, 9294 minutes, 81 wins, nine shutouts, 4086 saves, and 17 shootout wins are all the most in Peoria’s history. 


A native of St. Louis, Bishop was originally drafted by the Blues in the third round, 85th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.  He has played in 13 NHL games, registering a 4-5-1 record, one shutout, a .896 save percentage and a 2.83 goals against average.