At the conclusion of the 2014 Bridgestone Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Michigan today, USA Hockey announced the Official Roster for Team USA Men’s Hockey team; the players who will represent the United States of America in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. One name notably left off of that list was Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop.
Apparently, General Manager of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team David Poile, who is also the General Manager and President of Hockey Operations for the Nashville Predators, chose to go with history over current performance.
However, while this may seem like a bad thing, it could be a very good thing for the Tampa Bay Lightning. While the Olympics do only take up a three week period during the month of February, it could indeed have a lasting effect on a team’s standing.
Other goaltenders like Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller are gearing up to head to Sochi, Ben Bishop will have his head right where those of us in the Bolts Nation like it; on the next game.
Besides, what better way to prove to Team USA that he deserved a spot on the roster than to backstop your team right into the Stanley Cup Finals?
Now, I know that the Stanley Cup is still a very long way down the road, we are now approaching the halfway point in the season, and from this point forward every single point is going to matter.
So far, Bishop has suited up for 29 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning this season. He is currently 20-5-3 with a GAA of 1.89 and a Save Percentage of .935.
Bishop is one of the Top 3 goaltenders in all the National Hockey League right now, and while I would have loved for him to have a chance to represent his country in the Olympic Games, I couldn’t be happier to have his talents right here in Tampa Bay.
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