Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop should be ready for the start of Team USA’s 2016 World Cup of Hockey training camp, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman told the Tampa Bay Times’ Joe Smith on Wednesday.
— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) July 27, 2016
On Monday, ESPN’s Joe McDonald reported that Bishop was set to return to the ice on Tuesday for the first time since suffering a high-shin and ankle sprain during Game 1 of the 2016 Eastern Conference Final.
During the 2015-16 regular season, Bishop was Vezina Trophy finalist after posting a 35-21-4 record, 2.06 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. In 11 postseason games, Bishop went 8-2 with two shutouts, a 1.86 goals against average and a .939 save percentage before being lost to injury against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Bishop, who was born in Denver, Colorado, has previously represented his country twice in international competition during the 2010 and 2013 World Championships. In 2013, Bishop registered three wins and two losses while helping Team USA to the bronze medal.
Bishop 29, along with the Los Angeles Kings’ Jonathan Quick and the New Jersey Devils’ Cory Schneider, were named as goaltenders to the final roster for Team USA when it was released on May 27. The eight-team international tournament is set to take place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto from Sept. 17 through Oct. 1.