No average work day

Posted on November 24, 2009

No average work day

There's no denying Mike Fisher's job isn't like most people's.

While most of us go to an office, use a computer and work from nine to five, Fisher's schedule is much more varied, but he wouldn't change it for the world.

Being a professional hockey player is without a doubt a pretty unique occupation, but like any job it does have its share of responsibilities.

Like in any profession, there are expectations of Fisher and he does his best to ensure he does his best at work.

Game days are Fisher's busiest and longest.

"I'm usually up by 8 a.m.," Fisher said. "And I don't get to bed until around 1 or 2 a.m."

In an effort to ensure players have a healthy, hearty breakfast players are invited to eat at Scotiabank Place. From there players go to a team meeting that usually lasts around 40 minutes where they will go over some video of their upcoming opponent.

The team then takes part in the morning skate, which usually lasts about 40 minutes.

The players can also have lunch at the rink, as they do when they play on the road.

"It's nice and convenient," said Fisher. "That way you don't get sidetracked. Sometimes if you go to the restaurant and stuff you can't stay focused."

Fisher then heads home and tries to catch a nap before returning to Scotiabank Place.

"I tend to fall asleep pretty easily so I'm lucky that way," Fisher said. "But having a nap isn't a must for me anymore. Sometimes if you sleep too well it's hard to wake up."

Fisher then usually grabs a quick snack, oatmeal or toast with peanut butter tend to be favorites.

If the Senators are playing a 7:30 p.m. game then Fisher usually likes to get to the rink by 5 or 5:30 p.m.

"I don't have a specific routine," he said. "I like to ride the bike, do a few exercises and now I spend more time on warming up then I did before."

The team then has another video session, but coaches try not too make it too long and then players get ready for the start of the game.

After the game the players will deal with the media and go through a post-game workout.

"I like to have something to eat after the game too," Fisher said. "Then I usually head home, but even then I'm still kind of worked-up and need some time to unwind. I usually get to bed by 1 or 2 a.m."

So definitely not your average work day.