Hunter Bishop Fan Favorite 2014 Manchester AHL
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By IAN CLARK
New Hampshire Union Leader


Hunter Bishop, Union Leader Monarchs Fan Favorite, 2013-14
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The smile on Hunter Bishop's face said it all.

Manchester Monarchs second-year forward Bishop was named the Union Leader Fan Favorite award winner prior to Saturday's game against Portland. Bishop said he was surprised by the honor and couldn't stop smiling when he was talking about it.

"I'm honored. This is a hockey city and they know the sport so if they picked me as the fan favorite I'm pretty happy to hear that," Bishop said. "I've prided myself on being a guy that does things the right way and never taking a shift off and trying to give my best effort every night. I'm honored that the fans noticed and it's something I hope to continue throughout my career."

Bishop played in 55 games prior to Saturday night's tilt, scoring six goals with nine assists and a plus-12 rating. Because his numbers don't scream out for attention, Bishop said he was happy that the Monarchs fans noticed the other ways he contributes.

"If you look at my stat line, I'm not a top points guy. I might not always be on the scoresheet but hopefully fans can notice the other things I do on the ice and I guess they did," Bishop said. "It definitely feels good. It's nice to have the coaches approval and the teammates approval and for them to acknowledge how you play, but to have the fans who come in and spend their hard-working dollars to watch you play, if they respect my game that means a lot."

Bishop said the award is especially meaningful considering the talented players that have suited up in Manchester this season, including those currently with the parent club Los Angeles Kings.

"The one thing that sticks out the most to me is that this is one of the greatest hockey teams I've ever played on," Bishop said. "We've had so many great players through this room and we still have so many great players here now, whether they're with L.A. or still here. For the fans to pick me for this award, it takes me by surprise and I'm honored."

Bishop seems to have found a home in Manchester after bouncing around the AHL with Hamilton, Lake Erie and Rochester before joining the Monarchs last season.
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Other honors: In addition to the Union Leader Fan Favorite trophy, the Monarchs also handed out several other awards during Saturday's Fan Appreciation Night.

The Ace Bailey Most Valuable Player award (voted on by the Monarchs coaches and players) went to Jordan Weal. The Mark Bavis Unsung Hero award (voted by the players) went to captain Andrew Campbell, who also won the Monarchs Community Service award (voted by the Monarchs Care Foundation).Brian O'Neill won the Manchester Monarchs Booster Club Player of the Year award.
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JJ gets his break: Finally, after five years in the ECHL and another four in the AHL, and less than a month shy of his 33rd birthday, Justin Johnson made his NHL debut on Friday night with the New York Islanders in a 3-2 shootout win over New Jersey.

Known as an enforcer with a heart of gold, Johnson played three seasons with the Monarchs before joining Bridgeport this season. Johnson was a fan favorite and popular player in the locker room and the Monarchs players were excited for the man they called J.J.

And Johnson himself was understandably excited as well. Johnson logged 7:15 of ice time and collected three body checks on his stat sheet while playing in a game that featured legendary names like Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias and Martin Broduer.

"It was a thrill. Thrill, thrill, thrill, man," Johnson told his hometown paper the Anchorage (Alaska) News. "I didn't feel like my feet touched the ground all day. I got on the ice for warm-ups, and there's Jagr, there's Elias. I started stretching, and turned to stretch my oblique, and there's Brodeur. I was like, 'I guess we're doing this for real.'?"

Ian Clark covers pro hockey for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. His email address is iclark@unionleader.com.

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Monarchs 2013 AHL
Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 10:11 PM
IceCaps struggles continue with loss to Monarchs
By Staff
The Canadian Press
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ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The St. John’s IceCaps threw everything they had, from bodies to pucks, at the net Saturday night and they still lost.

Martin Jones made 37 saves as the Manchester Monarchs defeated the IceCaps 4-1 in American Hockey League action Saturday night.

“I wish I could tell you what the problem is,” said IceCaps captain Jason Jaffray. “I thought we out-played them for most of the game, we out-chanced them, but at the end of the day, we got another loss under our belts.

Bryan Rodney, Hunter Bishop and Andrew Bodnarchuk scored for Manchester (26-24-6). Linden Vey had a goal and an assist.

Aaron Gagnon had the lone goal for St. John’s (23-31-4).

IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge said the team is working hard despite their frustration, but it doesn’t seem to be enough.

“That’s everything we’ve got,” said IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge. “That’s everything we’ve got, laying it out there.”

St. John’s was energized when goaltender Eddie Pasquale was run by the Monarchs’ Stefan Legein. The IceCaps peppered Manchester starter Martin Jones with shots, but could not solve him with the man advantage.

The period closed with the Monarchs getting on the board with just four seconds left in the period.

Rodney snuck in from the right point without a man marking him, and fired home a shot over Pasquale.

McCambridge thought the IceCaps found themselves down in the second period, despite playing a much stronger period than their opposition.

“Guys are blocking shots, finishing checks, playing hard,” said McCambridge. “Can’t fault the effort, their goaltender was good and I thought Manchester played a strong game. We out-shot them 15-4 in the second period and we’re down one goal.”

The IceCaps went to work to start the third period, and a beautiful give-and-go tied the game at 2:06.

Gagnon drop-passed the puck to Jason Jaffray, who found Gagnon waiting at the back post for the tip-in, which Jones narrowly missed.

The Monarchs took the lead back at 9:35 when Bishop scored on a two-on-one short-handed effort.

Manchester added to their lead with a goal from Vey at 11:04. Monarchs forward Bodnarchuk put it away at 19:52 with an empty-net goal.

Jaffray said the team needs every point they can get to remain in the playoff race, and the losses at home have been hurting their case.

“You hope this time of the year, when you’re in the home stretch, those are the kinds of games that you need to grind out,” said Jaffray. “You need to get those points to climb back into the playoff race and right now it’s just not good enough.”

Pasquale finished with 19 saves. St. John’s was 0 for 7 on the power play and Manchester was 0 for 5.

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Bishop Called up to Manchester
Sunday, February 24, 2013, 03:11 PM
North Charleston, SC – The South Carolina Stingrays, celebrating 20 seasons of hockey in the Lowcountry and proud ECHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL), announced today that forward Hunter Bishop has been loaned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Bishop, 25, leads the Stingrays in points (49, 24 goals, 25 assists) and goals in 48 games played and is currently on a six-game point streak (four goals, five assists). Earlier this season, the Fairbanks, Alaska, native dressed in four total contests with the Lake Erie Monsters (three games) and Rochester Americans (one game) of the AHL adding no points. Missing last season due to injury, Bishop competed in 34 AHL contests with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2010-11 grabbing four goals and four assists for eight points. Prior to turning pro, Bishop attended Ohio State University for two seasons (2008-10) and skated in four contests with the University of North Dakota in 2006-07 totaling 59 points (29 goals, 30 assists) in 79 games.


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Fairbanks' Hunter Bishop back up to AHL
Sunday, February 24, 2013, 03:10 PM



Published: February 22, 2013
Anchorage


Hunter Bishop, who has furnished the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays with a point per game, has been summoned back to the AHL -- the Manchester Monarchs have signed him to a professional tryout agreement.

Bishop, who has 47 games of AHL experience (6-7--13 and +12), including one game this season with Rochester, is tied for 16th in the ECHL in points and tied for sixth in goals with 24-25--49 totals in 48 games.

In another move, ECHL Kalamazoo traded former (briefly) Alaska Aces goaltender Brooks Ostegard to Trenton.




Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2013/02/22/2798493/fairbanks-hunter-bishop-back-up.html#storylink=cpy

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Hunter Bishop among ECHL goal scoring leaders
Sunday, February 24, 2013, 03:10 PM

It was getting late in the summer and like a lot of American Hockey League free agents, Hunter Bishop was getting a little nervous about the prospects of finding a team.



Fact Box

Today’s Game

WHO: Evansville IceMen 17-27-5 (39 points) vs. South Carolina Stingrays 23-23-4 (50 points)

When: 7:05 p.m.

Where: North Charleston Coliseum

Tickets: 744-2248

As August turned into September and with an NHL lockout almost a certainty, Bishop knew that jobs in the AHL or over in Europe were going to be scarce.




Bishop began to look at the ECHL, a league he’d played briefly in during the 2010-11 season, and reached out to an old friend — South Carolina Stingrays assistant coach J.B. Bitner. Bitner had been an assistant coach at Ohio State University during Bishop’s senior season with the Buckeyes.

Bitner and the Stingrays are certainly glad Bishop made that phone call.

The former Ohio State star leads the team with 20 goals and is second with 40 points as the Stingrays head into tonight’s game against Evansville. The game is set to start at 7:05 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum.

“It was a wild summer with the lockout,” Bishop said. “A lot of guys, a lot of really good players, were left out because everyone was scrambling for spots.”

Despite signing a contract with the Montreal Canadians three years ago, Bishop had dropped off of the NHL grid. He missed all of last season with a shoulder injury he suffered in a preseason game. The year before that, he’d missed a big chunk of the season with a concussion. There were questions about his durability coming into this summer, which was the main reason AHL teams were shy about signing the Anchorage, Alaska, native.

There was no doubt about Bishop’s talent. Blessed with an NHL-caliber shot and quick feet, Bishop was among the top players in the Big Ten.

“We had a lot of guys on that team that were NHL-caliber players and Hunter was certainly one of those guys,” Bitner said. “He’s a high-end skill guy that we knew could help us.”

Bishop has played in 40 games with the Stingrays, only being out of the lineup when he was called up to the AHL. Bishop hopes he has put concerns about his durability to rest.

“I hope I’ve put all that behind me,” Bishop said. “I think I’ve proven I can hold up for an entire season. The last couple of seasons have been tough for me because I really missed playing when I was out of the lineup.”

Bishop got off to a slow start this season, but he never doubted that he would regain his scoring touch.

“You can practice all you want, but you can’t simulate game situations in the summer,” Bishop said. “That’s a different animal. I anticipated a little bit of a rocky start because I hadn’t played very much in the last year and a half. Give the coaching staff here credit, they were patient with me and showed a lot of confidence in sticking with me.”

Everything clicked into place when Stingrays head coach Spencer Carbery decided to put Bishop and Tyler McNeely on the same line. The two had played against each other at the junior hockey level, but didn’t know each other personally. From the beginning of November to Christmas, Bishop recorded 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 26 games.

“You might find a handful of guys during your lifetime that from day one everything just seems to fit,” Bishop said. “We hit it off right away. Every time he’s here and we get to play together we just seem to click. We’re such great friends off the ice too. He’s made this a fun year for me.”

McNeely, who leads the team with 44 points, is playing with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters.

“For his sake I hope he stays up there for the rest of the season,” Bishop said. “Selfishly, I hope he comes back.”

With two months left in the regular season, the Stingrays are fighting for their playoff lives. Bishop knows there’s almost no margin for error for the Stingrays as they head into the final stretch of their schedule. South Carolina is currently in 10th place in the ECHL’s Eastern Conference. The top eight teams advance to the Kelly Cup playoffs. The Stingrays have made the postseason an ECHL record 18 times in their previous 19 seasons.

“We’re focused on getting that spot in the playoffs,” Bishop said. “We’re approaching every game like it’s our last. For us, the playoffs have already started.”
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Forward Hunter Bishop Returns to Stingrays
Sunday, February 24, 2013, 03:09 PM
North Charleston, S.C. - The South Carolina Stingrays, celebrating 20 seasons of hockey in the Lowcountry and proud ECHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL), announced today that forward Hunter Bishop has returned to the team from the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Bishop, 25, appeared in three games with the Monsters earning no points. The Fairbanks, Alaska native is second on the Stingrays with 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists) in 35 games. Missing last season due to injury, Bishop competed in 34 AHL contests with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2010-11 grabbing four goals and four assists for eight points. Prior to turning pro, Bishop attended Ohio State University for two seasons (2008-10) and skated in four games with the University of North Dakota in 2006-07 totaling 59 points (29 goals, 30 assists) in 79 games.

The Stingrays continue a seven-game homestand tonight, Friday, January 18 at 7:05 p.m. against the Greenville Road Warriors on Hockey Heroes for Epilepsy Night. Grab four tickets, four hotdogs, four sodas and a large popcorn for $55 with the Stingrays Friday Family Four Pack at the Coliseum Box Office!

Pack the House Night tickets are on sale now! Pack the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday, January 26 as the Stingrays battle the Orlando Solar Bears at 7:05 p.m. All tickets are $5 with best available seating and free parking! Click here to order your tickets today!


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Bishop feeling it for ECHL South Carolina
Sunday, February 24, 2013, 03:08 PM
Another big game today for winger Hunter Bishop of Fairbanks and the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays.

Bishop racked his third two-goal game of the season in a 5-2 win over visiting Orlando, and that gives him 19-20--39 totals in 40 games this season. Earlier this week, he was up with AHL Rochester for a game and much earlier this season he was with AHL Lake Erie for three games.

Bishop has goals in each of the last three games, and owns 4-3--7 totals in that span on just nine shots on goal.

Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2013/01/27/2767677/bishop-feeling-it-for-echl-south.html#storylink=cpy


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Rochester Americans sign Hunter Bishop to pro tryout
Sunday, February 24, 2013, 03:07 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (ECHL) -- The Rochester Americans announced today that the team has signed forward Hunter Bishop of the South Carolina Stingrays to a professional tryout.

Bishop, 25, has appeared in 38 games for South Carolina this season, recording 34 points (16+18) and 18 penalty minutes to tie for the team-lead in scoring. He has also played in three AHL games this season with the Lake Erie Monsters.

In 2010-11, the native of Fairbanks, Alaska, appeared in 34 AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, collecting eight points (4+4) and 10 penalty minutes, and also played nine games with the ECHL's Wheeling Nailers.

Prior to making his professional debut with Hamilton in 2009-10, when he recorded five points (2+3) in nine games with the Bulldogs, the 6-foot, 190-pound Bishop played two seasons at Ohio State University.


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Forward Hunter Bishop Loaned to Rochester
Sunday, February 24, 2013, 03:06 PM
By: Joseph Zakrzewski



(Rochester, NY)… The Rochester Americans announced today that the team has signed forward Hunter Bishop of the South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL) to a professional tryout.



Bishop, 25, has appeared in 38 games for South Carolina this season, recording 34 points (16+18) and 18 penalty minutes to tie for the team-lead in scoring. He has also played in three AHL games this season with the Lake Erie Monsters. In 2010-11, the native of Fairbanks, Alaska, appeared in 34 AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, collecting eight points (4+4) and 10 penalty minutes, and also played nine games with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers. Prior to making his professional debut with Hamilton in 2009-10, when he recorded five points (2+3) in nine games with the Bulldogs, the 6-foot, 190-pound Bishop played two seasons at Ohio State University.




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Hunter Bishop among ECHL goal scoring leaders
Sunday, February 24, 2013, 03:03 PM
The Stingrays Hunter Bishop is tailed by the Road Warriors Jordie Johnston Friday January 18, 2013 at the North Charleston Coliseum. (Grace Beahm/postandcourier.com) Buy this photo
It was getting late in the summer and like a lot of American Hockey League free agents, Hunter Bishop was getting a little nervous about the prospects of finding a team.



Fact Box

Today’s Game

WHO: Evansville IceMen 17-27-5 (39 points) vs. South Carolina Stingrays 23-23-4 (50 points)

When: 7:05 p.m.

Where: North Charleston Coliseum

Tickets: 744-2248

As August turned into September and with an NHL lockout almost a certainty, Bishop knew that jobs in the AHL or over in Europe were going to be scarce.




Bishop began to look at the ECHL, a league he’d played briefly in during the 2010-11 season, and reached out to an old friend — South Carolina Stingrays assistant coach J.B. Bitner. Bitner had been an assistant coach at Ohio State University during Bishop’s senior season with the Buckeyes.

Bitner and the Stingrays are certainly glad Bishop made that phone call.

The former Ohio State star leads the team with 20 goals and is second with 40 points as the Stingrays head into tonight’s game against Evansville. The game is set to start at 7:05 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum.

“It was a wild summer with the lockout,” Bishop said. “A lot of guys, a lot of really good players, were left out because everyone was scrambling for spots.”

Despite signing a contract with the Montreal Canadians three years ago, Bishop had dropped off of the NHL grid. He missed all of last season with a shoulder injury he suffered in a preseason game. The year before that, he’d missed a big chunk of the season with a concussion. There were questions about his durability coming into this summer, which was the main reason AHL teams were shy about signing the Anchorage, Alaska, native.

There was no doubt about Bishop’s talent. Blessed with an NHL-caliber shot and quick feet, Bishop was among the top players in the Big Ten.

“We had a lot of guys on that team that were NHL-caliber players and Hunter was certainly one of those guys,” Bitner said. “He’s a high-end skill guy that we knew could help us.”

Bishop has played in 40 games with the Stingrays, only being out of the lineup when he was called up to the AHL. Bishop hopes he has put concerns about his durability to rest.

“I hope I’ve put all that behind me,” Bishop said. “I think I’ve proven I can hold up for an entire season. The last couple of seasons have been tough for me because I really missed playing when I was out of the lineup.”

Bishop got off to a slow start this season, but he never doubted that he would regain his scoring touch.

“You can practice all you want, but you can’t simulate game situations in the summer,” Bishop said. “That’s a different animal. I anticipated a little bit of a rocky start because I hadn’t played very much in the last year and a half. Give the coaching staff here credit, they were patient with me and showed a lot of confidence in sticking with me.”

Everything clicked into place when Stingrays head coach Spencer Carbery decided to put Bishop and Tyler McNeely on the same line. The two had played against each other at the junior hockey level, but didn’t know each other personally. From the beginning of November to Christmas, Bishop recorded 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 26 games.

“You might find a handful of guys during your lifetime that from day one everything just seems to fit,” Bishop said. “We hit it off right away. Every time he’s here and we get to play together we just seem to click. We’re such great friends off the ice too. He’s made this a fun year for me.”

McNeely, who leads the team with 44 points, is playing with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters.

“For his sake I hope he stays up there for the rest of the season,” Bishop said. “Selfishly, I hope he comes back.”

With two months left in the regular season, the Stingrays are fighting for their playoff lives. Bishop knows there’s almost no margin for error for the Stingrays as they head into the final stretch of their schedule. South Carolina is currently in 10th place in the ECHL’s Eastern Conference. The top eight teams advance to the Kelly Cup playoffs. The Stingrays have made the postseason an ECHL record 18 times in their previous 19 seasons.

“We’re focused on getting that spot in the playoffs,” Bishop said. “We’re approaching every game like it’s our last. For us, the playoffs have already started.”


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