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Season Rewind: Mike Fisher

by Thomas Willis / Nashville Predators

Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile has been quoted as calling Mike Fisher the prototypical Pred, and during the 2014-15 season, the veteran proved the GM right once again.

After an offseason Achilles injury forced him to miss the opening 21 contests of the campaign, Fisher entered the Predators lineup on Thanksgiving Day - bringing along his superb defensive awareness and timely scoring. The Peterborough, Ontario, native chipped in 39 points in 59 games while centering Nashville’s second line and helping Colin Wilson to a career year. The two-way center brings the attributes the Preds rely on in all three zones on a nightly basis, and that’s why his success on a given night often indicates how his team will fair as well.

On June 26, Fisher inked a two-year contract with the Predators to remain in Nashville through the 2016-17 season.

Stu Grimson’s Three Thoughts:

  • At 35 years of age, you could make the argument that Mike Fisher is coming off a record-setting year. Prorate his 39 points in 59 games over an 82-game slate and he finishes with a career best 54 points. And remember, that was all that while bouncing back from a very tricky Achilles rupture that kept him out the first third of the year.
  • Fisher plays a true 200-foot game; he’s solid at both ends, strong in the face-off circle and he’ll generate offense while holding the other team’s top-six at bay. He’s invaluable to the Predators in the way they’re currently constructed. You have to know re-signing “Fish” is a top priority for Poile.
  • Lastly and perhaps most importantly, the veteran center is a very respected voice in the room. He’s a true pro, and the same person and player each day. He sets the kind of example that will impact young players like Filip Forsberg and Calle Jarnkrok in a way that benefits their careers in the near and long term.

Top Highlight:

Mike Fisher receives a centering feed from just outside the crease, knocks the puck to himself underneath Eddie Lack’s poke check and buries the chance before crashing into the end wall.

According to No. 12:

  • Shawshank Redemption is his favorite movie, Bass Pro Shop is his favorite place to shop, his cottage in Ontario is his favorite vacation spot, the Bible is his favorite book and the Toronto Blue Jays were his favorite sports team growing up.
  • Fisher is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing and adventure sports. The forward says his greatest catches were a 100-pound marlin and a grizzly bear.
  • The veteran is closely involved with Room In the Inn, a full service homeless facility; Cottage Cove Urban Ministry, a Nashville based non-profit organization that serves inner-city youth; as well as Rocketown, a local youth outreach facility.
  • He became a spokesman for the “I am Second” initiative during the 2013-14 season, and released a revised edition of his first book: Defender of Faith: The Mike Fisher story in August 2014, the proceeds of which go to World Vision.

By the Numbers:

  • 900 - Fisher played in his 900th career NHL contest on December 27th against the Philadelphia Flyers, 225 of which have been played with the Preds.
  • 500 - The forward scored his 500th career NHL point on January 29th against the St. Louis Blues.
  • 19 - The forward finished the season with 19 goals and 20 assists after playing in only 59 games during the 2014-15 campaign.

Quotables:

In April 2014, Fisher again received an honor from his teammates that might just mean more than a cabinet full of performance-based awards. The Preds alternate captain was nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, a recognition that goes to a player who focuses his time on serving as a leader both on the ice and in the community.

Mike Fisher is an exceptional leader on the ice and owns a passion for community service off of it. For the third time in the last four seasons, his peers have recognized those qualities in the Nashville Predators assistant captain.

Fisher was nominated last week for the 2015 King Clancy Memorial Trophy by his Preds teammates, an award handed out 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.

Those requirements describe Fisher to a T.

“He’s a class act,” Head Coach Peter Laviolette said.“His leadership and just how he carries himself, you respect the way he plays on the ice and the leader he is in the locker room. He’s an important piece for our team.”

For Fisher, the nomination is humbling, but the fact that it comes from his teammates means that much more to the 34-year-old center.

“Any time you’re nominated by your teammates, I think it’s more special than anything because those are the guys you’re with all the time,” Fisher said. “Hopefully, I can continue to do more and help out as much as I can [in the community].”

Fisher believes that his involvement in charitable efforts around Nashville stem in part from the outstanding work done by the Nashville Predators Foundation. The Peterborough, Ontario, native has become well acclimated to the Music City during four-plus seasons in a Preds uniform, and it’s a trend that likely won’t be winding down anytime soon.

“The Preds Foundation has done such a great job here getting guys involved and matching some of the guys’ passions with certain charities,” Fisher said. “There’s no other team in the League, I don’t believe, that does more work than our team as far as getting involved, whether it be youth hockey, children’s charities, outreaches, lots of different things, and that starts with the organization. They’ve done a great job in leading that direction and the guys have really done a great job.”

Top Stories:

  • Around the world, one of the most talked about stories during the 2014-15 season was the birth of Fisher and country music star wife Carrie Underwood’s first-born son, Isaiah. Fisher, Underwood Welcome First Child - March 3, 2015
  • Pete Weber extolls the virtues of Mike Fisher as he demonstrates how much the forward means to the success of the Nashville Predators. Mike Fisher’s Far Reaching Impact - Feb. 9, 2015
  • In his fourth full season with Nashville, Fisher achieved several statistical milestones, including 900 games played in the NHL and his 500th point. Fisher Notches 500 Career Points - Jan. 29, 2015

Social Media Moments:

Fisher and his wife, Carrie, welcomed their son into the world on Feb 27.

The Preds forward and his wife show their support for the #EndItMovement.

The kind of picture People writes a whole series of articles on:

Me and my little man #lifeisgood

A photo posted by Mike Fisher (@mfisher1212) on

Sometimes the hand shovel doesn't quite cut it when it comes to a garden remodel.

#summerjob #farmlife

A photo posted by Mike Fisher (@mfisher1212) on

In their defense, they do have to listen to a lot of music...

Isaiah's first band rehearsal...as you can see he & his daddy were totally into it! #naptime #earmuffs #sweetdreams

A photo posted by Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) on

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