Mike Fisher is coming back to Ottawa!
Fisher will be back in the nation's capital to take part in the Mike Fisher Hockey Camp that runs over the course of two weeks starting July 11th.
While in the past Fisher has always taken part in some of the on-ice activities this year the 31-year-old will be offering his advice and encouragement from the bench.
Fisher underwent shoulder surgery following the end of the postseason and still hasn't been given clearance to start skating.
"It will be a little different for me this year," said Fisher, "but I know we have some great instructors and the kids will be in great hands."
This is the fourth edition of the camp and more than 1,100 skaters have taken part in the camp over the years. The camp has also helped raise more than $100,000 for children's charities.
"I've seen a lot of returning kids over the years," said Fisher. "It's nice to see so many familiar faces."
Part of what makes Fisher's camp so successful is the personal attention given to every player.
"I like to see every single kid who takes part in the camp," said Fisher. "I want to make sure everyone gets a chance to spend some time with me and get an autograph."
As a child Fisher spent many weeks at hockey camps and remembers how exciting it was to meet a professional hockey player and he wants to give these kids the same opportunity.
"I know how exciting it can be to meet a pro," said Fisher. "When I was young I remember meeting Cory Stillman and it was a big deal. It's an honour to have that kind of impact."
In 2008 Stillman became a teammate of Fisher's.
Fisher is also quick to mention that the camp features much more than just hockey. Players take part in off-ice activities that include discussions on how to be a good teammate, nutrition and how to win.
"There's a big emphasis on fun and learning."