Some more on Hunter Bishop...finally
There's been a couple of Stanley Cup Finals games to watch; I'm in the process of getting my twice-a-decade dose of soccer (I don't have a fantasy European Champions League team yet, so World Cup is all I watch); and the Twins started playing watchable baseball last week.
But tonight, faced with having to watch the post-Jordan era NBA, I've been chased back to the blog.
So finally, here's more on Hunter Bishop, who committed to UND last week and will come to school this fall:
The 5-11, 180-pound forward said he planned to play a second season with Vernon (BCHL), but upon landing in Mexico for a class trip in June, Bishop noticed he had a couple of voicemails from North Dakota.
After his vacation, he got in touch with Sioux coaches, who offered him a scholarship. He made arrangements to visit UND on June 6.
Bishop, from Fairbanks, Alaska, said UND was his first and only college visit. He had offers from Northern Michigan and Alaska Fairbanks, and he was getting interest from Princeton, Mankato, Quinnipiac, Maine, Brown and Union. Mankato was looking to fly Bishop in for a visit.
Bishop said UND began talking to him in early November.
"North Dakota has been my dream school," Bishop said. "It's a beautiful college. They keep up with the grass and the parks. Everything is real close on campus, too. The business program also is something I've looked into. It's just a great program. Then when I saw the rink, that place is unbelievably nice. It's a dream to play in a rink like that. I loved every bit of my visit."
Bishop said he will work hockey schools and camps all summer, then he will arrive at UND in August.
He said he already knows a couple of UND players, including Taylor Chorney and Brian Lee. He competed with Chorney and Lee at the Select 17 tournament in the Czech Republic. Bishop also said he knows Sioux recruit Evan Trupp (Anchorage, Alaska) very well, too. "Evan is one of my best friends," he said. "I grew up playing with him. We've been really good friends for a while. He's a good guy."
Bishop said he's the type of player who likes to play with speed, something the Vernon general manager agreed with.
"I like to play with a lot of energy," Bishop said. "I played left wing and I like to come up the wall with speed and take the puck to the net. I like to be the hardest working guy on the ice, and I try to make scoring opportunities."
UND will be the fifth different place in five years for Bishop. He played high school hockey as a freshman in Fairbanks. As a sophomore, he played for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL). The next year he went to Cedar Rapids (USHL), and last season he was with Vernon.
He said the step to UND is the most exciting.
"Believe me, this has been the most exciting week of my life," Bishop said. "It's definitely changed my life around. Now I have to get ready to play."