| 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
213 lb (97 kg)
| NHL Team|
| Nashville Predators|
EV Zug (Nationaliga)
|Born|| June 5 1980,|
Peterborough, ON, CAN
|NHL Draft|| 44th overall, 1998|
|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.
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. 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.
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.
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, 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. 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.
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. 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.
His brother Gregory "Bud" Fisher is a goaltender who played for Quinnipiac University in the ECAC. On October 23, 2009, he replaced Senators' starting goaltender Pascal Leclaire in net during a Senators' practice, after Leclaire fell ill.
In the off-season, Fisher devotes time to hockey camps in his hometown in Peterborough, Kingston and Ottawa through Hockey Ministries International. 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. 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. On July 10, 2010, Fisher married Underwood at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge in Greensboro, Georgia, with more than 250 people in attendance. Underwood surprised Fisher by having one of their favorite artists, Brandon Heath, sing his song "Love Never Fails" for their first dance.
- ↑ Fisher Headed to Nashville. SensChirp.ca. Retrieved on =2011-02-11.
- ↑ 1997 OHL Midget Priority Draft. Retrieved on 2008-11-17.
- ↑ 1998–99 OHL League Leaders. Hockeydb.com. Retrieved on =2008-11-18.
- ↑ "Thornton is NHL MVP", CBC, 2006-06-22. Retrieved on 2008-11-18.
- ↑ Senators lose center Fisher with left knee injury. ESPN (2006-12-28). Retrieved on 2008-11-19.
- ↑ Sens lock up Mike Fisher. Ottawa Citizen (2007-09-17). Retrieved on 2008-11-19.
- ↑ Alfredsson, Fisher will miss weeks. Globe and Mail (2008-04-04). Retrieved on 2008-11-19.
- ↑ "Slumping Senators lose Fisher, Neil to injuries", CBC, 2008-11-19. Retrieved on 2008-11-19.
- ↑ "Sens trade Fisher to Predators for 1st round, conditional pick", TSN, February 10, 2011.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Bud Fisher. Quinnipiac University. Retrieved on 2008-11-20.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Faithful Fisher. Canadian Sports Magazine. Retrieved on 2008-11-19.
- ↑ Davies, Mike (2010-07-07). Fisher's family intent on keeping wedding private | Hockey | Sports. Toronto Sun. Retrieved on 2011-03-02.
- ↑ SENATORS FORWARD CHEECHOO STRUGGLING TO SCORE GOALS. tsn.ca. Retrieved on 2009-10-26.
- ↑ Garrioch, Bruce. Mike & Carrie 'very happy' couple | Ottawa and Region | News. Ottawa Sun. Retrieved on 2011-03-02.
- ↑ Carrie Underwood. carrieunderwoodofficial.com. Retrieved on 2009-02-06.
- ↑ Garrioch, Bruce. It's true: Mike & Carrie engaged | Hockey | Sports. Ottawa Sun. Retrieved on 2011-03-02.
- ↑ Finan, Eileen (2010-07-10). Carrie Underwood Gets Married in Southern Style - Weddings, Carrie Underwood. People.com. Retrieved on 2011-03-02.
- ↑ Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher Tie the Knot! - Style & Beauty. UsMagazine.com. Retrieved on 2011-03-02.
- ↑ "Brandon Heath Sings at Carrie Underwood's Wedding", Clash Entertainment, 2010-01-18. Retrieved on 2011-02-11.
- Official Site
- Mike Fisher's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Mike Fisher's NHL player profile
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