Captain Mike Fisher Officially Retires
By definition, a leader is someone who commands a group of people. There is no player more worthy of that accolade than Mike Fisher.
After 17 seasons, Fisher will hang up his skates following a memorable run through the Stanley Cup playoffs which captivated the entire city.
Although he was captain for just one season, his leadership didn’t go unnoticed. Following the shocking trade of then-captain Shea Weber, Weber was asked who he thought would wear the ‘C’ in Nashville. His response came with no hesitation that the Preds knew who their leader was. Without naming names, it was clear he was referring to Fisher.
You can debate all day what type of player deserves to be named captain of your franchise. Should it be your best offensive threat? Perhaps your intimidating dman should garner that role. Maybe you think your top line center fits the bill. As for me, Fisher exemplified what the captaincy represents. He played in all situations and sacrificed his body for the betterment of the team. Whether it was on penalty kills by blocking shots, taking a beating in front of the net on the power play, or dropping the gloves to knock some teeth out when challenged (I’m looking at you Kevin Bieksa). He did it all and commanded the respect of his peers.
In addition to that, I’m fully confident in saying he helped Austin Watson resurrect his career. Watson was on waivers early last season and nobody snatched him up. Eventually he played a good portion of time on a line with Fisher and you get the Watson we see today. Hard-hitting, skating with passion, diving to block shots, dropping the gloves to make a statement and chipping in offensively on occasion. Sound familiar?
It’s a shame Fisher couldn’t finish his career with a parade down Broadway, but he has left his mark on this team, and this city that will not soon be forgotten.
Thank you captain.