Name: Clark Bishop
Birthdate / Junior age: 1996-03-29 / 16
Birthplace: St. John’s, NL
Hometown: St. John’s, NL
Drafted by the Screaming Eagles at the 2012 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in round one, 3rd overall.
Current stats as of Sunday, December 23rd 2012 – 2012-13 – Regular Season – Cape Breton – GP: 33 – G: 3 – A: 7 – PTS: 10 – +/-: -13 – PIM: 12
Q & A with Clark Bishop:
Q1: Tell us about your Minor Hockey career.
A1: I grew up playing for Avalon Minor Hockey in St. John’s NL. I played Peewee ‘AAA’ and won the Bell Aliant Atlantic Championship in 2009. I then Played Bantam ‘AAA’ and won Irving Cup in Quispamsis, NB., in 2011 (with my Dad as my coach), I was named the MVP of the tournament. In first & only year of Major Midget, I played in the Championship game of Atlantics, but came up short to capture silver on home ice in St. John’s, NL. I also played for Newfoundland teams in under 14, 15 and 16 at the Atlantic Challenge Cup tournaments. I won the hard hat award in my Under-14 year and the Newfoundland team won the Atlantic Challenge Cup in my Under-16 year.
Q2: Where did you play your Midget hockey?
A2: I played for the St. John’s Pennecon Privateers, who captured silver in the Atlantics. I played with Marcus Cuomo who is currently playing with Saint John Sea Dogs. Other players in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League that I have played with in previous minor hockey years are Nathan Yetman (P.E.I.), Cody Donaghey (Rouyn-Noranda), Lucas Batt (Victoriaville) and Kris Hodge (Shawinigan).
Q3: You were drafted by the Screaming Eagles at the 2012 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft in round one, third overall. Tell us about your draft year and what was going through your mind when Cape Breton took to the stage to make their selection.
A3: It was an important year for me, I had to make sure I brought my game to the ice every time I laced up the skates. I had a pretty good idea that Cape Breton was interested in me, but you never know these things until they actually happen. I was really nervous sitting in my seat with my family when it was their turn to pick, however, when they called my name it was just such a relief for the anticipation to be over with. I was really happy to have been chosen by the organization because of all the good things I heard about them.
Q4: You scored your first career Quebec Major Junior Hockey League goal on November 14th on home ice against the P.E.I. Rocket. Bring us to that moment, what was going through your mind.
A4: That moment was GREAT!. I felt as though I had been working hard so far during the season, but the goals just not happening. It felt really good to score that first goal, it is something I’ll never forget it.
Q5: You will be playing for Team Atlantic at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Championships starting on December 29th. Do you believe Team Atlantic has a good shot at winning the tournament this season?
A5: We are definitely going to compete, however, we are a team made up of a smaller region playing against larger national teams, so one of our team goals will be to get to the medal round and see what happens from there.
Q6: What do you think about the fans of Cape Breton?
A6: The fans are great, very passionate about the their hometown hockey team. I am very glad to be part of the organization and I hope I am doing my part to help bring the fans to the rink.
Q7: You were born in St. John’s, NL. Tell us about St. John’s.
A7: St. John’s is the largest city Newfoundland and is the capital. It is one of the oldest cities in North America and has a lot of history. We have our own American Hockey League team, the St. John’s Ice Caps and the people are very passionate about hockey as well. We are a hockey loving city.
Q8: Tell us some interesting facts about your family.
A8: My family is definitely a hockey minded family. My Dad, who works as a real estate agent with Century 21, played hockey right up to junior in St John’s, and was a pretty good hockey player I’ve heard. He has also coached at the Midget, Junior, Senior and Winter Games levels of hockey. My brother Joel, is 13 years old and is playing Bantam ‘AA’ (and ‘AAA’) this year. My sister Julia, is 12-years-old & is more of a soccer player. She did play hockey for a couple of years, but then decided that soccer was more her game. My Mom works for Bell Aliant and is our biggest fan of course. Sometimes she gets a bit of the “crazy hockey mom” syndrome, But all and all, we all support each other in everything we do and are a very close family.
Q9: Who is the one person you would like to thank for getting you where you are today with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles? Why?
A9: If I had to pick just one person it would have to be my Dad, Steve Bishop. He has been there for me on every hockey adventure I have taken. Him & my Mom, of course, have done everything in their power to give me every opportunity to develop my hockey skills, to play and have fun, and to also get me where I am right now with the Screaming Eagles.
Q10: What is one thing you like about Cape Breton? Why?
A10: The one thing that I like about Cape Breton is that it is a lot like home. The people are friendly and it has been an easy adjustment to make as I start my hockey career. My billets, the Miller’s are fabulous people as well and treat like a member of their family.