Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop has become the first former UMaine Black Bear to become a finalist for the coveted NHL Vezina Trophy - the award for the top goalie in the league. His main competition is Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.

The third finalist is Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov.

Bishop had 37 wins for the Lightning this year. His GAA was 2.23 and a save percentage of .924%.

Bishop spent three seasons in Orono as a Black Bear goalie from 2005 to 2008. He won 55 games in three seasons before turning pro.

Bishop will have wrist surgery next week to repair a ligament injury suffered back in January. He played through that until a dislocated elbow knocked him out of action during the last week of the regular season. He could not play in the playoff series against Montreal.

Rask won 36 games for the Bruins. A 2.04 GAA and .930% save percentage and seven shutouts.

Varlamov scored 41 wins for Colorado along with a 2.41 GAA and .927%.

The winner of the Vezina Trophy is announced June 24th. The 30 GM's vote for this award.