In many ways, Mike Fisher embodies everything that is good about the Ottawa Senators organization.
He’s a hard-working guy both on and off the ice, someone who feels as invested in his community as the National Hockey League team he’s been a part of for nearly a decade.
But there’s much more to the 29-year-old native of Peterborough, Ont., than just hockey. He tirelessly supports such charity causes as Roger’s House and runs his own summer hockey camp in Orleans.
Oh, and perhaps you’ve heard of his celebrity girlfriend, country music star Carrie Underwood?
Fisher took a few minutes to talk with OttawaSenators.com about hockey and his life:Q: You come from an area that is all about hockey. Who were your hockey idols growing up in the Peterborough region?
A: Lots of guys who came through there. Mike Ricci, Tie Domi, Chris Pronger, Cory Stillman. They’re guys I watched when they played for the Petes (of the Ontario Hockey League).Q: That area is also known as ‘cottage country.’ Do you have a cottage in the area? What’s that like?
A: I have a place about 40 minutes north of Peterborough that I live at during the summer. I enjoy boating, water skiing, jet skiing, tubing and all that stuff while I’m there.Q: If you weren’t a hockey player, what sport would you like to play for a living?
A: I’ve never played football but it would probably be fun. Or maybe golf.Q: If you weren’t a forward, what other position would you like to play?
A: I’d like to be a goalie. I always liked playing goalie during road hockey.Q: What is your favourite NHL city to visit?
A: We don’t get out to L.A. too much, so it’s always a nice change. Or Florida. The weather’s nice there.Q: What do you like to do to relax?
A: I like hunting or watching golf or football on Sundays and going to church. Sundays are regular days off for us, so that’s how I enjoy my Sundays.
"I just enjoy being able to help out. Usually, you get a lot more out of it than you put into it. It just puts thing into perspective and you feel fortunate about what you have. I just enjoy interacting mostly with kids." - Mike FisherQ: Your favourite type of music?
A: I like everything. I like country, I listen to some Christian music, worship, rock, alternative. You name it.Q: Your favourite Carrie Underwood song?
A: Temporary Home
. It’s on her new album that just came out (Play On
). Q: Your favourite type of reading?
A: I read a lot of Christian books, inspirational stuff. Some leadership stuff, too.Q: What’s your favourite TV show?
A: I’d probably say Seinfeld
.Q: If you’re cooking dinner, what’s the perfect meal?
A: For me, it would be a steak and potatoes kind of deal. Something on the barbecue.Q: What do you enjoy most about doing community work in Ottawa?
A: I just enjoy being able to help out. Usually, you get a lot more out of it than you put into it. It just puts thing into perspective and you feel fortunate about what you have. I just enjoy interacting mostly with kids. Q: What’s the most fun thing about running your hockey school?
A: Being with kids is always fun, and seeing them learn and progress and trying to help them out as much as you can. And seeing how excited they are to be there is fun.