The Surrey Eagles Hockey Club is excited to announce that Rob Bishop will be immediately joining their hockey operations staff. Bishop, who is originally from from Toronto, has been working with the local Semiahmoo Minor Hockey Association development team while living in South Surrey for the past five years.
Prior to moving west, Bishop played junior hockey from 1988-1992 in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Following an injury in his final season, he obtained a business degree at Seneca College.
“We are very excited to bring Rob into the Eagles developmental team,” Eagles General Manager Blaine Neufeld commented. “He comes with a lot of experience and understands our pursuit of deepening the Eagles bond within our community.”
Bishop has 20 years of experience running his development school, and understands the the junior hockey player’s journey. He has developed many players that have achieved success in professional hockey, including, most recently, Adam Mascherin who was drafted in the 2nd round, 38th overall by the Florida Panthers in 2016.
“I am very excited to join the Surrey Eagles,” Bishop stated. “They have shown great progression for the past two seasons, and especially this year as they have their sights on winning a championship. I currently develop a lot of young hockey players in our community. Working with Blaine on this true development model, we will now see players from Hockey 1 all the way through their junior careers.”
Bishop will join the Eagles immediately alongside head coach Brandon West and assistant coach Linden Saip.
“I fully respect where the Eagles are at midseason, and I am coming in to add what I can,” Bishop added. “For development, I know it’s never too late to explore your game and work on it. At this point in the season it will be more about getting to know where these young men are at and if I can help push their game individually to help the team.”
The Eagles will host the Coquitlam Express on Thursday in a unique School Day Game, which will get under way at noon. Ray Shepherd, Bayridge and H.T. Thrift Elementary Schools will be in attendance through the generous donation of Hall Constructors.
Get your tickets now, as there are only a few open seats for those that want to take in the game on February 1st. Once again, puck drop will be at NOON.