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Three Bolts Named to Team USA Roster For World Championships

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop, forward Nate Thompson and defenseman Matt Carle were named to Team USA's roster for the 2013 IIHF World Championships, to be held in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden beginning on Friday, May 3, USA Hockey announced today.

Bishop, a Denver, Colorado native, will be making his international debut for Team USA.  Bishop has played in nine games with the Lightning after being acquired from the Ottawa Senators on April 3, posting a 3-4-1 record, a .917 save percentage and a 2.99 goals-against average with one shutout.  Bishop made his Bolts debut on April 4 at Carolina, stopping all 45 shots he faced for the shutout. He became the second goalie in franchise history to post a shutout in his Lightning debut (Dwayne Roloson, January 4, 2011) and tied the franchise record for most saves in a shutout (Daren Puppa, November 27, 1995).  Bishop has played in a total of 22 games between Tampa Bay and Ottawa this season, registering an 11-9-1 record with two shutouts, a .920 save percentage and a 2.67 save percentage. 

Nate Thompson (left), Ben Bishop (center) and Matt Carle (right) will represent the USA at the World Championships

The 6-foot-7, 214-pound goaltender has played in 45 career NHL games with the Lightning, Senators and St. Louis Blues, amassing an 18-17-4 record with three shutouts, a 2.67 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.

Thompson, from Anchorage, Alaska, will be making his second consecutive appearance for Team USA at the World Championships.  Last year he appeared in eight games in Helsinki and Stockholm, recording two goals and an even rating in averaging 11:19 in ice time per game.  Thompson has played in 43 games with Tampa Bay this season, notching seven goals and 15 points with 17 penalty minutes.  Thompson leads all Lightning forwards in hits with 83 and average penalty killing time per game with 2:29.

A 6-foot, 212-pound forward, Thompson has played in 308 career NHL games with Tampa Bay, the Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders.  He has amassed 30 goals and 69 points with 172 penalty minutes. The Lightning claimed Thompson off waivers from the Islanders on January 21, 2010.

A fellow native of Anchorage, Carle will be making his third appearance for the United States, his first at the World Championships.  Carle represented his country at the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championships in Finland, recording a goal and four penalty minutes in six games in capturing the Gold Medal.  That season he became the first American-born player to win World Junior Gold and a NCAA Championship in the same season after also helping the University of Denver to the NCAA title.  Carle helped the United States to the Gold Medal at the 2002 IIHF World Under-18 Championships in Slovakia as well, playing in eight games and recording three assists. 

Carle has played in 46 games with the Lightning this season, recording four goals and 21 points with an even rating. He leads all Tampa Bay defenseman for points and assists (17), while ranking tied for the lead for goals.  His 23:45 in average ice time leads all Lightning skaters and his 82 blocked shots are tied for second.

The 6-foot, 205-pound blue-liner has played in 517 career NHL games with the Bolts, San Jose Sharks and Philadelphia Flyers, recording 36 goals and 223 points with a plus-55 rating.   

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