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Bishop back to college

Hunter Bishop left UND in December 2006, midway through his freshman year. He wasn't playing a lot -- only four times in the team's first 16 games -- and he figured his ice time wouldn't increase much in the next two seasons. So, Bishop went back...

Hunter Bishop left UND in December 2006, midway through his freshman year.

He wasn't playing a lot -- only four times in the team's first 16 games -- and he figured his ice time wouldn't increase much in the next two seasons.

So, Bishop went back to his junior team, the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League, while he searched for a better collegiate fit.

The Fairbanks, Alaska, native hopes that Ohio State is it.

Bishop has enrolled at the Central Collegiate Hockey Association school and will resume his hockey career next weekend when the Buckeyes take on Miami-Ohio.

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"I feel like I'm a far different player than I was when I went in at 18 (years old)," Bishop said. "I'm stronger now, a bit more polished and I feel like I'm a lot more ready to contribute."

The 6-foot, 185-pound Bishop is coming off of a huge season in the BCHL. He led the league in total goals (57), game-winning goals (13), and shorthanded goals (nine). The only player to score more goals in the BCHL in the last four years is Kyle Turris, the former Wisconsin standout who is now with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Bishop was named the Interior Conference MVP and was a runner-up for the most sportsmanlike player in the conference, losing out to now-Ohio State teammate Zac Dalpe.

At the BCHL All-Star game, Bishop also won the fastest skater competition.

"Anyone who leaves college and goes back to juniors is a little bit nervous," Bishop said. "You have to go back and show that you've still got it. It was a good fit for me at Vernon. I loved it there and was excited to go back.

"I set a few personal goals for myself. I wanted to have a strong season and it was as good as I had hoped. I wanted to hit 50 goals and I hit that."

Bishop, who has played for six different teams in seven years, has a bit of familiarity in Columbus. His younger sister, Teal, is a sophomore defenseman on the Buckeye women's team. The siblings have an apartment together in Columbus.

Bishop also knows several of his fellow freshmen from the BCHL.

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"Our freshmen class is real solid," said Bishop, who keeps in touch with his old UND roommate, Chay Genoway. "I know (Ohio State) didn't have the most winning season last year, but I hope to be a part of turning that around."

Reach Schlossman at (701) 780-1129; (800) 477-6572, ext. 129; or send e-mail to bschlossman@gfherald.com .

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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