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Mike Fisher
Mike Fisher
Position Centre
Shoots Right
Nickname(s) Fish
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
213 lb (97 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Nashville Predators
Ottawa Senators
EV Zug (Nationaliga)
Born June 5 1980 (1980-06-05) (age 36),
Peterborough, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 44th overall, 1998
Ottawa Senators
Pro Career 1999 – present

Michael Andrew "Mike" Fisher (born June 5, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is a member of the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is known for his grittiness and two-way play, being nominated for the Selke Trophy in 2006 with the Ottawa Senators. At the beginning of the 2009–10 NHL season, he was named an alternate captain for the Senators. On February 10, 2011, Fisher was traded to the Nashville Predators for a 1st round pick at the 2011 NHL draft, as well as a conditional pick in the 2012 NHL draft. The conditional pick depends on Nashville's success in the 2011 NHL playoffs.[1]

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

Fisher grew up playing hockey in the Peterborough Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) with the rep Minor Petes program. He was drafted from the Peterborough Roadrunners of the Jr. A OHA by the Sudbury Wolves in the second round, 22nd overall, in the 1997 OHL Priority Draft.[2] After putting up 49 points in 66 games in his first year with the Wolves, Fisher was drafted in the second round, 44th overall, by the Ottawa Senators in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Returning to the OHL for one more season, Fisher recorded 106 points, fifth overall in league scoring.[3]

Ottawa SenatorsEdit

Fisher debuted with the Senators in 1999–2000 and recorded 9 points in a limited 32-game rookie season. He became known for his aggressive style of play and began to also show his penchant for offensive production as he improved to 18 goals and 38 points in his fourth season in 2002–03.

During the lockout year of 2004–05, Fisher played overseas for EV Zug in the Swiss Nationalliga A. As NHL play resumed the next season, in 2005–06, Fisher emerged with 22 goals and 44 points, providing valuable secondary scoring for the Spezza-Heatley-Alfredsson line. He helped the Senators to a first seed in the Eastern Conference going into the playoffs, but they were defeated by the fourth-seeded division rivals Buffalo Sabres in five games in the second round. With a career-high plus-minus (+/-) rating of +23 in the regular season, Fisher was nominated for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward. He finished as second runner-up behind Jere Lehtinen of the Dallas Stars and trophy-winner Rod Brind'Amour, captain of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes.[4]

Mike Fisher throws check May 29 2006

Fisher (#12, caged helmet because of earlier face injury) checks Teppo Numminen into the boards during the 2006 playoffs.

The following season, Fisher duplicated his previous campaign's goals total with 22 and improved to a personal best 26 assists and 48 points. He was kept to 68 games due to a left knee injury, sustained on December 27, 2006, against the New York Islanders,[5] forcing him to sit out four weeks. In the playoffs, Fisher helped the Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals, where they fell to the Anaheim Ducks in five games. Fisher posted career playoff highs with 5 goals, 5 assists and 10 points in 20 games.

With one year left on his contract heading into the 2007–08 season, Fisher re-signed with the Senators to a five-year, $21 million contract extension.[6] He went on to set a career-high 23 goals that season. However, Fisher was forced to miss the playoffs, re-injuring his left knee in a knee-on-knee hit from Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mark Bell in the final game of the regular season.[7]

A month and a half into the 2008–09 season, Fisher suffered another knee injury, straining a ligament in his right knee against the New York Islanders on November 17, 2008.[8]

Nashville PredatorsEdit

On February 10, 2011, Fisher was traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for the Predators' 2011 first-round draft pick and a conditional pick in 2012. If the Predators win a playoff series, the Senators receive a third round pick, a second round pick if the Predators win two or more playoff series.[9] He played his first game with the Predators on February 12, 2011 and scored an assist in a 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche. He scored his first goal as a Predator against the Vancouver Canucks on February 17, 2011.

Personal lifeEdit

Fisher was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario to parents Jim and Karen[10] and is a devout Christian.[11] He has two brothers (Rob and Bud) and one sister (Meredith).[12]

His brother Gregory "Bud" Fisher is a goaltender who played for Quinnipiac University in the ECAC.[10] On October 23, 2009, he replaced Senators' starting goaltender Pascal Leclaire in net during a Senators' practice, after Leclaire fell ill.[13]

In the off-season, Fisher devotes time to hockey camps in his hometown in Peterborough, Kingston and Ottawa through Hockey Ministries International.[11] Fisher has also been a guest instructor at the Roger Neilson Hockey Camp.

Fisher is married to American country pop singer Carrie Underwood. The couple met at one of Underwood's concerts in Toronto in 2008.[14][15] The couple became engaged after Fisher proposed to the singer on December 20, 2009. The engagement was confirmed by Fisher the next morning during the Senators' morning skate.[16] On July 10, 2010, Fisher married Underwood at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge in Greensboro, Georgia, with more than 250 people in attendance.[17][18] Underwood surprised Fisher by having one of their favorite artists, Brandon Heath, sing his song "Love Never Fails" for their first dance.[19]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Peterborough Petes OJHL 51 26 30 56 56
1997–98 Sudbury Wolves OHL 66 24 25 49 64 9 2 2 4 13
1998–99 Sudbury Wolves OHL 66 41 65 106 55 4 2 1 3 4
1999–00 Ottawa Senators NHL 32 4 5 9 15
2000–01 Ottawa Senators NHL 60 7 12 19 46 4 0 1 1 4
2001–02 Ottawa Senators NHL 58 15 9 24 55 10 2 1 3 0
2002–03 Ottawa Senators NHL 74 18 20 38 54 18 2 2 4 16
2003–04 Ottawa Senators NHL 24 4 6 10 39 7 1 0 1 4
2004–05 EV Zug NLA 21 9 18 27 39 9 2 3 5 20
2005–06 Ottawa Senators NHL 68 22 22 44 64 4 1 2 3 10
2006–07 Ottawa Senators NHL 68 22 26 48 41 17 4 3 7 18
2007–08 Ottawa Senators NHL 79 23 24 47 82
2008–09 Ottawa Senators NHL 78 13 19 32 66
2009–10 Ottawa Senators NHL 79 25 28 53 59 6 2 3 5 6
2010–11 Ottawa Senators NHL 55 14 10 24 33
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 27 5 7 12 10 12 3 4 7 11
NHL totals 702 172 188 360 564 87 17 18 35 77
OHL totals 132 65 90 155 119 13 4 3 7 17
NLA totals 21 9 18 27 39 9 2 3 5 20
Mike Fisher Hockey Card

Mike Fisher hockey card from Victory

ReferencesEdit

  1. Fisher Headed to Nashville. SensChirp.ca. Retrieved on =2011-02-11.
  2. 1997 OHL Midget Priority Draft. Retrieved on 2008-11-17.
  3. 1998–99 OHL League Leaders. Hockeydb.com. Retrieved on =2008-11-18.
  4. "Thornton is NHL MVP", CBC, 2006-06-22. Retrieved on 2008-11-18. 
  5. Senators lose center Fisher with left knee injury. ESPN (2006-12-28). Retrieved on 2008-11-19.
  6. Sens lock up Mike Fisher. Ottawa Citizen (2007-09-17). Retrieved on 2008-11-19.
  7. Alfredsson, Fisher will miss weeks. Globe and Mail (2008-04-04). Retrieved on 2008-11-19.
  8. "Slumping Senators lose Fisher, Neil to injuries", CBC, 2008-11-19. Retrieved on 2008-11-19. 
  9. "Sens trade Fisher to Predators for 1st round, conditional pick", TSN, February 10, 2011. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Bud Fisher. Quinnipiac University. Retrieved on 2008-11-20.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Faithful Fisher. Canadian Sports Magazine. Retrieved on 2008-11-19.
  12. Davies, Mike (2010-07-07). Fisher's family intent on keeping wedding private | Hockey | Sports. Toronto Sun. Retrieved on 2011-03-02.
  13. SENATORS FORWARD CHEECHOO STRUGGLING TO SCORE GOALS. tsn.ca. Retrieved on 2009-10-26.
  14. Garrioch, Bruce. Mike & Carrie 'very happy' couple | Ottawa and Region | News. Ottawa Sun. Retrieved on 2011-03-02.
  15. Carrie Underwood. carrieunderwoodofficial.com. Retrieved on 2009-02-06.
  16. Garrioch, Bruce. It's true: Mike & Carrie engaged | Hockey | Sports. Ottawa Sun. Retrieved on 2011-03-02.
  17. Finan, Eileen (2010-07-10). Carrie Underwood Gets Married in Southern Style - Weddings, Carrie Underwood. People.com. Retrieved on 2011-03-02.
  18. Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher Tie the Knot! - Style & Beauty. UsMagazine.com. Retrieved on 2011-03-02.
  19. "Brandon Heath Sings at Carrie Underwood's Wedding", Clash Entertainment, 2010-01-18. Retrieved on 2011-02-11. 

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