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Born June 5, 1980 (1980-06-05) (age 29),
Peterborough, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
213 lb (97 kg; 15 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team Ottawa Senators
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 44th overall, 1998
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 1999 – present

Mike Andrew Fisher (born June 5, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and an alternate captain of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is known for his grittiness and two-way play, being nominated for the Selke Trophy in 2006. At the beginning of 2009-10 NHL season, he was named an alternate captain for the Senators.

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Playing career

Junior

Fisher grew up playing hockey in the Peterborough Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) with the rep Minor Petes program.[citation needed] He was drafted from the Peterborough Roadrunners of the Jr. A OHA by the Sudbury Wolves in the second round, 22nd overall, in the 1997 OHL Priority Draft.[1] After putting up 49 points in 66 games in his first year with the Wolves, Fisher was drafted in the second round, 44th overall, by the Ottawa Senators in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Returning to the OHL for one more season, Fisher recorded 106 points, fifth overall in league scoring.[2]

Ottawa Senators

Fisher debuted with the Senators in 1999–2000 and recorded 9 points in a limited 32-game rookie season. He became known for his aggressive style of play and began to also show his penchant for offensive production as he improved to 18 goals and 38 points in his fourth season in 2002–03.

During the lockout year of 2004–05, Fisher played overseas for EV Zug in the Swiss Nationalliga A. As NHL play resumed the next season, in 2005–06, Fisher emerged with 22 goals and 44 points, providing valuable secondary scoring for the Spezza-Heatley-Alfredsson line. He helped the Senators to a first seed in the Eastern Conference going into the playoffs, but they were defeated by the fourth-seeded division rivals Buffalo Sabres in five games in the second round. With a career-high plus-minus (+/-) rating of +23 in the regular season, Fisher was nominated for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward. He finished as second runner-up behind Jere Lehtinen of the Dallas Stars and trophy-winner Rod Brind'Amour, captain of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes.[3]

Fisher (#12, caged helmet because of earlier face injury) checks Teppo Numminen into the boards during the 2006 playoffs.

The following season, Fisher duplicated his previous campaign's goals total with 22 and improved to a personal best 26 assists and 48 points. He was kept to 68 games due to a left knee injury, sustained on December 27, 2006, against the New York Islanders,[4] forcing him to sit out four weeks. In the playoffs, Fisher helped the Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals, where they fell to the Anaheim Ducks in five games. Fisher posted career playoff highs with 5 goals, 5 assists and 10 points in 20 games.

With one year left on his contract heading into the 2007–08 season, Fisher re-signed with the Senators to a five-year, $21 million contract extension.[5] He went on to set a career-high 23 goals that season. However, Fisher was forced to miss the playoffs, re-injuring his left knee in a knee-on-knee hit from Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mark Bell in the final game of the regular season.[6]

A month and a half into the 2008–09 season, Fisher suffered another knee injury, straining a ligament in his right knee against the New York Islanders on November 17, 2008.[7]

Personal life

Fisher was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario to parents Jim and Karen[8] and is a devout Christian.[9] His brother Gregory "Bud" Fisher is a goaltender who played for Quinnipiac University in the ECAC.[8] On October 23, 2009, he replaced Senators' starting goaltender Pascal Leclaire in nets during a Senators' practice, after Leclaire fell ill.[10]

In the off-season, Fisher devotes time to hockey camps in his hometown in Peterborough, Kingston and Ottawa through Hockey Ministries International.[9] Fisher has also been a guest instructor at the Roger Neilson Hockey Camp.[citation needed]

Fisher has been in a relationship with country music superstar Carrie Underwood since 2008. The couple met at one of Underwood's concerts in Ottawa.[11][12] The couple became engaged after Fisher proposed to the singer on December 20, 2009. The engagement was confirmed by Fisher the next morning during the Senators' morning skate. [13]

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Peterborough Petes OJHL 51 26 30 56 56
1997–98 Sudbury Wolves OHL 66 24 25 49 64 9 2 2 4 13
1998–99 Sudbury Wolves OHL 66 41 65 106 55 4 2 1 3 4
1999–00 Ottawa Senators NHL 32 4 5 9 15
2000–01 Ottawa Senators NHL 60 7 12 19 46 4 0 1 1 4
2001–02 Ottawa Senators NHL 58 15 9 24 55 10 2 1 3 0
2002–03 Ottawa Senators NHL 74 18 20 38 54 18 2 2 4 16
2003–04 Ottawa Senators NHL 24 4 6 10 39 7 1 0 1 4
2004–05 EV Zug NLA 21 9 18 27 39 9 2 3 5 20
2005–06 Ottawa Senators NHL 68 22 22 44 64 4 1 2 3 10
2006–07 Ottawa Senators NHL 68 22 26 48 41 17 4 3 7 18
2007–08 Ottawa Senators NHL 79 23 24 47 82
2008–09 Ottawa Senators NHL 78 13 19 32 66
NHL totals 541 128 143 271 462 60 10 9 19 52
OHL totals 132 65 90 155 119 13 4 3 7 17

References

  1. ^ "1997 OHL Midget Priority Draft". http://members.shaw.ca/caldwela/drafts/1997OHL.html. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  2. ^ "1998–99 OHL League Leaders". Hockeydb.com. http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/top_league.php?lid=ohl1989&sid=1999&leaguenm=OHL. Retrieved =2008-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Thornton is NHL MVP". CBC. 2006-06-22. http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2006/06/22/nhl-awards.html. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Senators lose center Fisher with left knee injury". ESPN. 2006-12-28. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2710578. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  5. ^ "Sens lock up Mike Fisher". Ottawa Citizen. 2007-09-17. http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/sports/story.html?id=78b156f3-6cb7-4a3a-82da-4da7297d26b1&k=73860. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  6. ^ "Alfredsson, Fisher will miss weeks". Globe and Mail. 2008-04-04. http://www.globesports.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080404.wsptsensearlt4/GSStory/GlobeSportsHockey/home. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  7. ^ "Slumping Senators lose Fisher, Neil to injuries". CBC. 2008-11-19. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2008/11/19/senators-injuries.html. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  8. ^ a b "Bud Fisher". Quinnipiac University. http://www.quinnipiacbobcats.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=87918&SPID=10456&DB_OEM_ID=17500&ATCLID=1255166&Q_SEASON=2008. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  9. ^ a b "Faithful Fisher". Canadian Sports Magazine. http://www.christianity.ca/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=6168. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  10. ^ "SENATORS FORWARD CHEECHOO STRUGGLING TO SCORE GOALS". tsn.ca. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=295827. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  11. ^ http://www.ottawasun.com/news/ottawa/2009/11/18/11794051.html#/news/ottawa/2009/11/18/pf-11793311.html
  12. ^ "Carrie Underwood". carrieunderwoodofficial.com. http://www.carrieunderwoodofficial.com/biography. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  13. ^ http://www.ottawasun.com/sports/hockey/2009/12/21/12226131.html

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