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’s 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.
Bishop is the first Rivermen player to win this award since Graham Mink took the honor for the week ending Oct. 17, 2010.
In recognition of his achievement, Bishop will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Rivermen home game.