Mike Fisher Leading On and Off The Ice

Monday, 10.10.2011 / 9:29 PM / Features
By Bryan Mullen
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Mike Fisher Leading On and Off The Ice
 
It may seem like Mike Fisher has always led a storybook life. He has a successful NHL career, was recently named second alternate captain for the Nashville Predators, and has a superstar marriage with Carrie Underwood.

But there were hard times, which led to hard work.

There was turmoil, which led to turning over a new leaf.

So it’s fitting that when Fisher decided to help with a book on his life, he decided on reality rather than fantasy.

“Defender of Faith: The Mike Fisher Story” was recently published by Zonderkidz, a HarperCollins company. It was written by Kim Washburn, with Fisher providing many of the storylines. The book is aimed at tween readers (9-12) who will discover a different side of Fisher, one that may lead to inspiration through Fisher’s tribulations and successes.

“They came to me a little over a year ago and asked if I would consider doing it,” Fisher said. “I thought about it and came to the decision that it would be a great opportunity to share a little about my life, my faith and hockey. Obviously, I didn’t write it, but I had input. At that age (9-12), hopefully kids can get inspired from it and learn from it a little bit. If it helps one person, it’s worth it.”

Fisher frankly discusses getting into the party scene that engulfs many successful pro athletes, but also discusses how he found his way out. He speaks openly open faith and religion and what roles they play in his life.

Fisher’s growth as a person has benefitted him personally and professionally. During his 11 seasons playing for Ottawa, Fisher endeared himself to the community and his teammates. Nashville acquired him in February and he had eight goals in 39 games, including regular season and playoffs.

Fisher had offseason shoulder surgery and is on injured reserve, but expects to be back in the lineup soon. The quick impression he has made on his teammates and coaching staff led to a high honor last week. Prior to the regular season opener at Columbus, it was announced at a team dinner that Fisher would be the Predators’ second alternate captain.

“It’s a great honor to wear a letter and to be part of this leadership group,” Fisher said. “There are so many guys that are good leaders here who it could have gone to. I’m happy to take on that role. It’s going to be fun.”

Nashville coach Barry Trotz believes Fisher is a perfect fit to wear the letter.

“He embodies leadership on the ice, leadership in the room and leadership off the ice,” Trotz said. “He’s part of the community and treats people very well. He’s a total pro in every aspect of his life, not just a hockey player, but as a husband, teammate and friend.”

The Predators players agree.

“He’s got a lot of experience,” Captain Shea Weber said. “He’s been to the Stanley Cup Finals. He’s been to World Championships. He brings that experience by being a good leader and a good team guy.”

Note: “Defender of Faith: The Mike Fisher Story” can be purchased on Amazon.com and at select bookstores.

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