Jiri Fischer enters his third season as director of player evaluation for the Red Wings and his 12th season working in the Red Wings front office. Fischer was elevated to his current role prior to the 2016-17 campaign after nine seasons as director of player development for the Red Wings, where he oversaw and worked hands-on with the team's prospects across the world, mentoring and evaluating players until they reached the professional level. As director of player evaluation, Fischer still travels extensively, splitting his time between Europe and North America to scout potential free agent acquisitions and draft-eligible players.
Fischer was by selected by Detroit in the first round (25th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. An imposing figure on defense at 6-5 and 235-lbs., he patrolled the blue line for Detroit from 1999-00 through 2005-06. In 305 career games, the Horovice, Czech Republic, native scored 11 goals and collected 60 points. He also amassed 295 career penalty minutes. Fischer won the Stanley Cup as a player with Detroit in 2002 and was selected as the Red Wings' Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association following the 1999-00 season.
Jiri has two children, Braidan and Lukas, and resides in suburban Detroit during the season.