Posted on September 16, 2010
It wasn't the perfect kind of day to launch the 2010-11 hockey season as dark clouds threatened rain at the Ottawa Senators 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, but the player's exuberance more than made up for it.
For many it was a first opportunity to see one another after a long summer and the excitement was palpable.
"It was a great summer," said Mike Fisher. "I had a lot of fun, but I'm excited to be back."
Like many of his teammates, Fisher believes the key to the team's success will be to play with more consistency.
"We want to establish ourselves as a very competitive team and be consistent," Fisher said. "We struggled with that a little bit last season."
Maybe more than a little bit. The team would go on winning streaks and then just as quickly be looking at a losing streak.
"We weren't the most consistent team in the world," said head coach Cory Clouston. "We had, obviously, stints where we didn't play good hockey and we had stints where we played very good hockey."
This year's training camp should prove to be one of the more exciting in recent years as there are a number of young players vying for just a few available roster spots.
"I think it's going to be more competitive (in training camp) this year,"said Fisher. "There are a few guys who have a chance to make the team. They're going to get the opportunity and we need that competitive edge, where they push the veterans to be better, too. That's a healthy situation."
Fisher will get a first hand look at the competition as the Senators take to the ice for the first time Saturday morning.