After trying so hard for over a year to return to hockey, Ben Bishop‘s career seems to be officially over.
This was heartbreaking to wake up to. Bishop was a massive part of Dallas these past few seasons, both on and off the ice. He started his career in St. Louis before heading to Ottawa, then spending 3 years in Tampa where he got so close to a Stanley Cup. Midway through the 2016-17 season, he was traded to the Kings. Finally, in the summer of 2017, he came over to Dallas. He was a key part of this team in the 3 years he spent here. He played in 143 games with a 74-48-11 record with a .923 save percentage and 2.33 goals against average. Two of those 3 seasons he helped Dallas go to the playoffs. In the 16 playoff games he played he went 8-8-0 with a .844 SV% and a 5.43 GAA. Stars GM Jim Nill said:
“It’s no secret, he has a degenerative knee injury, and he went down there, he wanted to be a big part of this. He wanted to do everything he could to get back. In the end, by going through the process, going down there and playing, he found out that it’s the end of his career.”Jim Nill on Ben Bishop (x)
Heartbreaking really. I just keep getting sad thinking about this. Bishop’s last game was August 31st, 2020, he could only play 13:43 into the game before exiting the game with his knee injury. For the past year, Dallas fans waited with bated breath to see what Bishop’s future held. He went over and played some games in the AHL a few days ago to see if he was well enough to come back but alas, we saw how that went.
I’ll miss him. He was so funny off the ice and supported the hell out of teammates. He came so close to getting a Cup of his own a few times but he just missed. I hope he sticks around in the hockey world, maybe some job helping the goalies in Dallas.
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