Mike Fisher can't wait to share the flame.
The Ottawa Senators centre will help bring the spirit of the Vancouver 2010 Games to the national capital region on Friday night, joining the Olympic Torch Relay as it makes its way into Gatineau. At about 6:50 p.m., he'll carry the flame along Boulevard du Carrefour to the edge of Place de la Cité, the site of a community celebration welcoming the coast-to-coast torch run to the Outaouais.
"It'll be exciting," said Fisher, who'll become the second National Hockey League player to participate in the torch relay (Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was a torchbearer in his home province of Nova Scotia last month). "It's quite an honour to do it. I'm sure it's something I'll remember for a long time.
"I'm glad to be able to do it and get the opportunity. I'll carry it with pride."
Fisher, considered to have an outside shot at landing a spot on Team Canada's roster for the Vancouver 2010 men's hockey tournament, is one of four representatives of the Senators organization who will act as torchbearers as the relay makes it way through Ottawa-Gatineau over the next four days.
Saturday at about 12:10 p.m., Senators general manager Bryan Murray is slated to carry the torch just after the relay crosses the Alexandra Bridge onto St. Patrick Street in Ottawa.
"It'll be exciting. It's quite an honour to do it. I'm sure it's something I'll remember for a long time. I'm glad to be able to do it and get the opportunity. I'll carry it with pride." - Mike Fisher
"I'm pleased and honoured to be one of a large team of people that have had the opportunity," said Murray, a native of nearby Shawville, Que. "I take pride in being able to participate. It's a great event in the country. (The Olympics are) one of the outstanding things that happen in sport and international relationships.
"Being able to participate in the torch relay is a real honour."
Bill Courchaine, the Senators' director of sales and corporate partnerships, will carry the Olympic flame along Palladium Drive to Scotiabank Place on Sunday at 8:40 a.m. Then on Monday around 7 a.m., Senators president Cyril Leeder joins the relay on King Edward Ave., near Laurier Ave. East.
Each torchbearer carries the flame for a distance of about 300 metres.
The Vancouver 2010 torch relay is the longest in Olympic history in terms of distance covered, visiting more than 1,000 Canadian communities over the course of a 106-day trek that concludes with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron during the Games' opening ceremony Feb. 12 in Vancouver.For live video coverage of the Olympic Torch Relay, log on to