It seemed only fitting that Karen Fisher was sitting next to her son, Mike, at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas Wednesday night as he was named the winner of the 2012 NHL Foundation Award.
The award is presented to an "NHL player who applies the core values of hockey -- commitment, perseverance and teamwork -- to enrich the lives of people in his community." Fisher will receive $25,000 to donate to the charity of his choice.
"It's pretty special to win, that's for sure," said Fisher, who also had his father Jim and a number of close friends in attendance. "I can't remember the last thing that I won so this is pretty special."
While there are many players who donate a great deal of their time there is no denying Fisher's unwavering commitment to charity work, something that was instilled in him from a young age.
"My parents were a great example," said Fisher from Las Vegas. "They always did so much and took great joy in it. I honestly feel like I get more out of it than what I give."
Fisher was thrilled to win the award and as in typical fashion the 32-year-old was quick to acknowledge the work of fellow players.
"I think there are a lot of other guys who do great work and don't take enough credit for what they do," he said. "Sometimes I feel that because of the spotlight I get more attention than others. There are so many great causes and so many needs out there and I really enjoy being able to make some sort of small difference."
When Fisher first entered the league as a teenager he was quick to embrace his new fame and do as much good as possible. He became active with a number of charities and when he was traded to the Nashville Predators he was quick to get involved with a number of local charities and has become a fan favourite.
Among his activities, Fisher donated $40,000 to Cottage Cove Urban Ministries, which helps at-risk children in Nashville's inner-city neighbourhoods.