Mike Fisher was officially appointed the seventh captain in Nashville Predators history on Thursday afternoon, joining an elite club of NHL players past and present to lead their respective teams.
“It’s an honor to be looked upon as the captain of a National Hockey League team, and to be a captain for this team, such a great team with a great group of guys [is awesome],” Fisher said. “I never really expected to be a captain, really. I’d always hoped to be, but that being said, I’m still going to try to lead the same way I’ve always led, with just maybe a little more responsibility.”
Fisher’s appointment was met with praise from all corners of the organization. Predators General Manager David Poile, Head Coach Peter Laviolette and teammates Colin Wilson and James Neal were also in attendance for the announcement and spoke on the leadership qualities of the club’s new captain.
“It is the right choice, and there’s a lot of confidence when we made that choice that we got the right guy,” Laviolette said. “After being around Mike and watching him, seeing how he handles the team, how he works every day and how he interacts with his players and coaches, we 100 percent got the right guy.”
“He’s just a leader, someone who every single day coming into the dressing room that means business,” Wilson said of Fisher. “He brings emotion into the game, brings the right type of emotions every single day, keeps people in check and just a guy you can look up to that leads by example.”
The full press conference, with thoughts from Fisher, Poile and Laviolette, as well as Fisher sporting the ‘C’ for the first time, can be seen below.