Nashville, Tenn. (September 8, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that forward Mike Fisher has been named the seventh captain in franchise history.
“It is the right time for Mike to be the captain in our history,” Poile said. “In my mind, he could’ve easily been the captain many times in his career, but this is his time. It’s the perfect fit. You look for the characteristics you want in a captain in terms of the personal life, how he conducts himself, the role model part of it, and it’s A-plus with him.”
Fisher, 36 (6/5/80), was a full-time alternate captain for the previous four seasons. He has been the Predators nominee for the King Clancy Award in four of the last five seasons, which is given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy contribution in the community. The Peterborough, Ont., native became the franchise’s second-ever NHL Award winner in 2012 when he was the recipient of the NHL Foundation Award, which recognizes a player who applies the core values of hockey -- commitment, perseverance and teamwork -- to enrich the lives of people in his community.
“It will be really special to wear the ‘C’,” Fisher said. “There’s no question it’s an honor, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to wear it for a great organization, great people and a great team. I believe they’ve given it to me for a reason, and I want to continue to do what I’ve always done, but more because I want to help this team win a Stanley Cup.”
Fisher played in his 1,000th career NHL game on March 3, 2016 vs. New Jersey, becoming the 300th player in League history to accomplish the feat. The center tied for the team lead in goals (5) during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and notched a point (4g-2a) in each of the team’s first five games of its Second Round series vs. San Jose, tied for the second-longest point streak in Predators postseason history. He tallied the 250th goal of his NHL career on November 28, 2015 vs. Buffalo, and set a career high in face-off winning percentage (53.4) last season. Fisher has scored 20 or more goals and recorded 40 or more points in a season six times in his 16-year career. The 6-foot-1 forward was a finalist for the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward in 2005-06, and helped the Ottawa Senators reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2006-07.
“Mike Fisher, for me, is a terrific choice to be the captain of this team,” Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. “He’s probably one of the best professionals I’ve ever been around. He comes into camp in shape, he works as hard as any guy on the ice and he plays the game with passion and purpose. He’s a guy that’s been through the battles, has been around a long time and has learned from a lot of people. For him to step into this role is a natural fit.”
In celebration of Mike Fisher being named the seventh captain in franchise history, the Nashville Predators have released a limited edition 12-Game Captain’s Pack. Purchase 12 games at a discount and get 13, receive a commemorative captain announcement day photo signed by Mike Fisher, team store and concession discounts and more. Only 112 of these packages will be sold and interest-free payment plans are available. Call (615) 770-7800 or visit NashvillePredators.com/captain for information today.
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