No vacation for hockey

Posted on July 18, 2013

While many are enjoying the lazy, hazy days of summer most NHL players are busy working out at the gym and even hitting the ice - and Mike Fisher is no exception.

The Nashville Predators forward has been working out and expects to start on-ice workouts by the end of the month.

For most professional hockey players there really is no off-season. While most will take a few weeks off once the regular season or playoffs end, they rarely venture far from the gym. Workouts are just part of a daily regimen and it's the intensity that increases as training camp approaches.

Fisher, who has always prided himself on his conditioning, admits he took a little downtime and enjoyed taking in some golf and was even able to attend a Nascar race with his father, Jim. 

The experience was made all that much more special as Fisher was asked to drive the pace car at the Quaker State 400 in Kentucky.

"It was a lot of fun," said Fisher. "Nascar was gracious enough to let me do it. It was a great experience."

While training camp remains over two months away Fisher admits it's hard not to be excited about the upcoming season. The 33-year-old says fans have good reason to be excited about the addition of defenseman Seth Jones.

"Getting Jones really solidifies our defensive corps," said Fisher. "I think our defence is going to look great for a long time."

After the lockout-shortened season Fisher is anxious to see how the Predators fare with a full 82-game schedule.