Goalie Ben Bishop has been the Lightning's most valuable player this season.
And now Bishop has gotten rewarded, named to his first All-Star team Wednesday, one of two goalies on the Atlantic Division team (Roberto Luongo, Florida). Captain Steven Stamkos will be joining Bishop, his fourth All-Star selection, as one of six forwards. There are also three defensemen for each division team.
The game is on Jan. 31 in Nashville, a 3-on-3 format for the three-game tournament.
Bishop is playing arguably the best hockey of his career, posting a 2.06 goals against average that is fourth in the league, his record 15-13-3 only due to the Lightning's lack of scoring.
"It'd be a huge honor," Bishop said Tuesday of the possibility. "As a little kid, you used to watch that all the time, a fun thing to watch. So to be part of it one day would be really special."
Stamkos leads the Lightning with 17 goals, though is a minus-nine.
"Anytime you get a chance to go there it's an honor," Stamkos said. "You never know how many you'll get a chance to play in. For me I've been fortuante to play in a few, and always enjoy it."