Ben Bishop Named Finalist for Vezina Trophy
ORONO, Maine -- Former University of Maine goalie Ben Bishop has been named one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy. The Vezina Trophy is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position."
Bishop had a record-setting year for the Tampa Bay Lightning, posting 37 victories with a 2.23 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. He recorded five shutouts on the season. He led the Lightning to a second place finish in the Atlantic Division.
His 37 wins ranked fourth in the NHL during the regular season and he set the Lightning record for wins in a season. Bishop also set a Lightning mark for save percentage (.924). Bishop was fourth in the league in shutouts (5) and finished seventh in goals against average (2.23).
Bishop played for the Black Bears from 2005-2008 compiling a mark of 55-35-7 with a 2.29 goals against average and a .917 save percentage in 99 games. He recorded five shutouts. He was named to the Hockey East second team in 2008 and the Hockey East All-Rookie squad in 2006.
The other two finalists for the Vezina Trophy are Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins and Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche.
The NHL Awards will be presented on June 24 in Las Vegas.