It was the day the St. Louis Rams died, and the Los Angeles Rams were reborn.
Owner Stan Kroenke received approval from the NFL to move his team back to Los Angeles, to his billion-dollar stadium project near LAX that is scheduled to be completed within three years. It was a slap in the face of St. Louis sports fans that supported the team for the last two decades.
Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning was one of those fans, at least while growing up in Des Peres, Missouri. He played youth hockey for the Kirkwood Stars in suburban St. Louis and attended Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis; later, he was drafted by the St. Louis Blues and played for them before being traded to Ottawa in 2012.
So the 29-year-old goalie found himself in a unique position on Tuesday night: As Stan Kroenke was popping champagne over the relocation of his NFL team, Bishop was taking the ice against the NHL team that the Kroenke family owns, the Colorado Avalanche.
He faced 21 shots from the Avs. He turned each of them back, as the Lightning shut out the Colorado Avalanche, 4-0.
Did the win mean a little more to him? After the game, Bishop said via Twitter that the victory was especially sweet because it came at the expense of the Rams’ owner, in a roundabout way (his son, Josh Kroenke, runs the Avalanche and Denver Nuggets):
Feels good to shutout Kroenke's hockey team the day he moves my childhood football team! Sad day for Rams fans!!
— Ben Bishop (@Benbishop30) January 13, 2016
Honestly, we’re a little worried about Bishop’s health. Can his arms handle all the high fives he’s going to receive the next time he’s back home?
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