Bishop Back to the Blues
February 17, 2011
St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has recalled goaltender Ben Bishop from the Blues’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen. In addition, the club placed goaltender Jaroslav Halak on injured reserve with an injured right hand.
The Rivermen have recalled goaltender Gerald Coleman from the Rivermen ECHL affiliate, the Alaska Aces. In a separate transaction, the Rivermen have released forward Slava Trukhno from his professional tryout contract.
Coleman, 25, has played in 36 games this season for the Aces and is ranked fourth in the ECHL with a 2.51 goals-against average. He has collected a record of 21-13-1 with three shutouts and a save percentage .901. A native of Romeoville, Ill., Coleman has 57 games of AHL experience with Lowell, Worcester, Portland, and Springfield over the past five seasons. Over his AHL career he has a record of 29-38-4 with a 3.45 GAA.
Originally selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the seventh round (#224 overall) of the 2003 draft, Coleman is the first graduate of the NHL Diversity Program to be drafted and to play in the NHL, making his debut for the Lightning, in relief, on November 11, 2005.
Bishop, 24, has appeared in 29 games for the Rivermen this season compiling a record of 15-12-1 including a 2.52 goals-against average, .916 save percentage as well as two shutouts. The, 6’7, 215-pound goaltender appeared in six games for the Blues during the 2008-09 campaign including his NHL debut on October 24, 2008 against the Los Angeles Kings. Overall, his NHL career has yielded a recorded of 1-1-1 including a 2.94 goals against average and a .893 save percentage.
A native of St. Louis, Bishop was originally drafted by the Blues in the third round, 85th overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.