Mike Fisher may have had a difficult time producing offense this season, but the Nashville Predators center obviously provided direction for his teammates.
Fisher was named the Predators’ nominee for the 2016 King Clancy Memorial Trophy on Wednesday as a result of voting by his teammates. It marks the fourth time in five seasons the veteran was nominated for the award, which is awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.
The 35-year-old Fisher recorded only 13 goals and 10 assists in 70 games this season. The goal total was his lowest since he scored 13 in 78 games with the Ottawa Senators in 2008-09 and the assists were his fewest since he notched nine over 58 contests in 2001-02.
Fisher is a proven leader, however, as he has been an alternate captain for the Predators each of the last four seasons. He also works with several charities in the Nashville area and received the 2012 NHL Foundation Award, which is given to a player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community.
“It’s an honor to be voted for anything by your teammates, and it’s definitely special,” Fisher told the Predators’ website. “There are lots of guys that are deserving on our team because of all the stuff the guys do, so it’s a big honor.
“Part of the reason why it makes it more enjoyable to play is being able to have an opportunity to do lots of things and being part of lots of great organizations around town and this city. There are so many people that do so many good things, and just to be a part of the whole city and team and what everyone does in the Nashville Predators Foundation is great.”
Selected by Ottawa in the second round of the 1998 draft, Fisher made his NHL debut in 1999-2000, recording four goals and five assists in 32 games. He registered career highs of 25 goals and 53 points in 2009-10 but was traded to Nashville the following season for a pair of draft picks.
The 6-foot-1, 216-pound Fisher has collected 258 goals and 285 assists in 1,016 regular-season games with the Senators and Predators while recording 18 tallies and 40 points in 100 playoff contests. A native of Peterborough, Ontario, he represented Canada at the IIHF World Championship in 2005 and 2009 – winning the silver medal each time.