Stars' Ben Bishop recounts terrifying Texas tornado scare

Kyle CantlonNHL Editor
Bishop and his family were given quite the scare during the recent Texas tornado. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Bishop and his family were given quite the scare during the recent Texas tornado. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Goaltender Ben Bishop was the second Dallas Stars player to have his property ravaged by a severe tornado.

Bishop recounted Monday his terrifying experience after a twister that wreaked havoc on parts of northern Dallas struck his property, forcing him, his partner and their infant child to wait out the storm at teammate Jamie Benn’s house.

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“Jamie (Benn) called me and asked if I was OK,” Bishop said, according to NHL.com. “I told him some windows were broken and then my phone died. Forty-five minutes later, Jamie was at my door. He picked us up and we went over to his house. We were over there until whenever.”

Stars sniper Tyler Seguin also had a home he owns badly destroyed in the storm, taking to Twitter early Monday to describe the scene.


Bishop claimed the winds resulting from the tornado shattered windows in his home and uprooted a tree in his front yard. The twister touched down in Dallas around 9:30 p.m. local time Sunday, according to CNN, with gusting wind reaching up to 140 mph.

"I was watching the football game and the sirens were going off. I changed the channel and went to go look outside and they said that there was a tornado at the tollway. I grabbed my child and we ran into the bathroom,” Bishop said.

"Like I said, it was just two streets away and it was awful. It's a terrible scene. Walking around today, it's very depressing and a lot of people have lost their homes."

Bishop missed Monday’s morning skate but backed up Anton Khudobin for the Stars’ 2-1 win over the Senators. In situations like these, hockey, houses and property are only trivial in the grand scheme of things.

“I think everybody is OK and I guess that’s the main thing because all of that stuff can be replaced, but family can’t,” Bishop said. “Just prayers are with all of those people that got affected because it’s not pretty.”

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