Mike Fisher (ice hockey)

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Mike Fisher
Mike Fisher.jpg
Born (1980-06-05) June 5, 1980 (age 34)
Peterborough, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 217 lb (98 kg; 15 st 7 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
Ottawa Senators
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 44th overall, 1998
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 1999–present
Website mikefisher.ca

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). Fisher previously played in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators. He is married to American country music singer Carrie Underwood.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Fisher grew up playing hockey in the Peterborough Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) with the rep Minor Petes program.[citation needed] He was drafted from Jr. A Peterborough Petes (OHA) by the Sudbury Wolves in the second round, 22nd overall, in the 1997 OHL Priority Draft.[1] 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.[2]

Ottawa Senators[edit]

Fisher debuted with the Senators in 1999–2000 and recorded 9 points in an injury-shortened 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.[3]

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,[4] forcing him to sit out four weeks. In the playoffs, Fisher helped the Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals, where they fell short 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.[5] He went on to set a career-high 23 goals that season. However, Fisher was forced to miss the playoffs, 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.[6]

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.[7]

Nashville Predators[edit]

On February 10, 2011, Fisher was traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for the Predators' 2011 first-round draft pick (Stefan Noesen) and a conditional pick in 2012. If the Predators were to win a playoff series, the Senators would receive a third round pick, and a second round pick if the Predators win two or more playoff series.[8] The Predators won their first-round playoff, but lost their second-round series, meaning the Senators received a third-round pick.

Fisher 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.

Fisher was the winner of the 2012 NHL Foundation Player Award, awarded to the NHL player who applies the core values of hockey - commitment, perseverance and teamwork - to enrich the lives of people in his community.[9]

This offseason Fisher went through successful Achilles tendon surgery.

Personal life[edit]

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 Gregory) and one sister (Meredith).[12] Fisher's uncle is David Fisher, a former chaplain to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball club.[13] Fisher's brother Gregory is also a hockey player; he is a goaltender who played for Quinnipiac University in the ECAC.[10] On October 23, 2009, he replaced Senators' then-starting goaltender Pascal Leclaire in net during a Senators' practice, after Leclaire fell ill.[14]

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.[citation needed]

Fisher is married to American country music singer Carrie Underwood. They met backstage after one of Underwood's concerts in 2008 and soon began dating.[citation needed] 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.[15] On July 10, 2010, Fisher married Underwood at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia, with more than 250 people in attendance.[16][17] Underwood surprised Fisher by having one of their favorite artists, Brandon Heath, sing his song "Love Never Fails" for their first dance.[18] It was announced on September 1, 2014, that Fisher and Underwood were expecting their first child together. On November 5, 2014, it was revealed that Fisher and Underwood are expecting a baby boy in the Spring of 2015. [19][20]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Peterborough Bees 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
2011–12 Nashville Predators NHL 72 24 27 51 33 10 1 3 4 8
2012–13 Nashville Predators NHL 38 10 11 21 27
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 75 20 29 49 60
NHL totals 887 226 255 481 684 97 18 21 39 85

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1997 OHL Midget Priority Draft". Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  2. ^ "1998–99 OHL League Leaders". Hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Thornton is NHL MVP". CBC. 2006-06-22. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Senators lose center Fisher with left knee injury". ESPN. 2006-12-28. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  5. ^ "Sens lock up Mike Fisher". Ottawa Citizen. 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  6. ^ "Alfredsson, Fisher will miss weeks". Globe and Mail. 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  7. ^ "Slumping Senators lose Fisher, Neil to injuries". CBC. 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  8. ^ "Sens trade Fisher to Predators for 1st round, conditional pick". TSN. February 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ Fisher wins NHL Foundation Award http://www.mikefisher.ca/latest/
  10. ^ a b "Bud Fisher". Quinnipiac University. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  11. ^ a b "Faithful Fisher". Canadian Sports Magazine. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  12. ^ Davies, Mike (2010-07-07). "Fisher's family intent on keeping wedding private | Hockey | Sports". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ "SENATORS FORWARD CHEECHOO STRUGGLING TO SCORE GOALS". tsn.ca. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  15. ^ Garrioch, Bruce. "It's true: Mike & Carrie engaged | Hockey | Sports". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  16. ^ Finan, Eileen (2010-07-10). "Carrie Underwood Gets Married in Southern Style - Weddings, Carrie Underwood". People.com. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  17. ^ "Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher Tie the Knot! - Style & Beauty". UsMagazine.com. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  18. ^ "Brandon Heath Sings at Carrie Underwood's Wedding". Clash Entertainment. 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  19. ^ Raab, Lauren (2014-09-02). "Carrie Underwood is pregnant; husband Mike Fisher has a baby name idea". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-09-02. 
  20. ^ http://www.eonline.com/news/595319/pregnant-carrie-underwood-expecting-a-baby-boy

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