Stars’ Ben Bishop ‘thankful’ family is safe after Dallas tornado

Joe Pavelski’s goal on the power play in the second period helped the Dallas Stars defeat the Ottawa Senators.

Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop said he’s thankful that his family is safe after a tornado touched down near his home Sunday night.

“We’re all good, thankfully,” Bishop said after Monday’s win over the Ottawa Senators, according to NHL.com. “Obviously, it was a scary night (Sunday) night. (It was) some minor damage to my house compared to (what I saw) this morning. I was able to walk one street up, and some of the houses are demolished. Roofs are missing and there are huge holes in people’s houses. I feel very thankful that everybody is OK.”

According to CNN, the tornado touched down in Dallas around 9:30 p.m. Sunday with winds gusting up to 140 m.p.h.

Bishop said the storm broke some windows in his home and knocked a tree over in his front yard. He added that teammate and captain Jamie Benn called to check in and eventually took the Bishops into his home.

“Jamie called me and asked if I was OK,” Bishop said. “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.”

Bishop wasn’t the only Stars player affected by the storm. A house owned by Stars forward Tyler Seguin was badly damaged, but Seguin tweeted that he had moved and the house had been for sale.

“I just left the area and it is an extremely sad sight to see,” Seguin tweeted. “Prayers to everyone affected by the tornado.”

Bishop missed Monday’s morning skate but did back up Anton Khudobin in the win. Like Seguin, he had a message to anyone affected by the storm.

“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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