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Bishop named Player of the Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Peoria Rivermen goaltender Ben Bishop has been selected as the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 15, 2012.

Bishop went 2-0-0 while stopping 70 of 71 shots in two starts last week, good for a 0.50 goals-against average and a .986 save percentage.

Bishop made 38 saves on Jan. 12, backstopping the Rivermen to a 4-0 win over visiting Lake Erie and earning his league-best sixth shutout of the season. Then on Jan. 14, Bishop finished with 32 stops, including 14 in the third period to preserve a 2-1 win over Houston.

A third-round draft pick by the St. Louis Blues in 2005, Bishop ranks among the AHL leaders in several goaltending categories this season, including wins (17-10-0, tied for first), shutouts (6, first), goals-against average (2.17, fifth), save percentage (.932, second), minutes played (1,607, third) and saves (796, second). A native of Denver who grew up in St. Louis, Bishop is in his fourth season in the Blues organization and owns a record of 74-60-8 with nine shutouts in 148 career AHL games with Peoria. Bishop has also appeared in 13 NHL games with the Blues, going 4-5-1 with one shutout.

In recognition of his achievement, Bishop will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Rivermen home game.

Also see: Past winners, AHL Player of the Week