Mike Fisher is just as valuable to his team on the ice as he is to his community off of it, and for the fourth time in the last five seasons, his teammates have taken notice.
The Nashville Predators centerman has been named the team’s nominee for the 2016 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, as voted on by his teammates. The trophy is awarded annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.
“It’s an honor to be voted for anything by your teammates, and it’s definitely special,” Fisher said. “There are lots of guys that are deserving on our team because of all the stuff the guys do, so it’s a big honor.
“Part of the reason why it makes it more enjoyable to play is being able to have an opportunity to do lots of things and being part of lots of great organizations around town and this city. There are so many people that do so many good things, and just to be a part of the whole city and team and what everyone does in the Nashville Predators Foundation is great.”
Fisher, who has now been nominated four times for the award by his Nashville teammates, is now in his fourth consecutive season serving as an alternate captain for the Preds. The 35-year-old center, who inked a two-year deal with Nashville last June, collected 13 goals and 23 points this season. Fisher played in his 1,000th NHL game on March 3 this season, becoming the 301st player in NHL history to accomplish the feat.
The Peterborough, Ontario, native works closely with Room In The Inn, a full-service homeless facility in Nashville; Cottage Cove Urban Ministries, a Nashville based nonprofit that serves inner-city youth; Rocketown, a local youth outreach facility, among his many charitable endeavors. Fisher was honored with the 2012 NHL Foundation Award, given to an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community.