Posted on March 2, 2016
Mike Fisher still fondly remembers playing his first game in the NHL and little did he know at that time that 16 years later he would suit up for his 1,000th game.
Thursday night Fisher will become only the 301st player in league history to hit the milestone.
"It goes by so quick when you're a young guy and you see some of the older guys reach this level," Fisher said. "I used to make fun of them, now I'm that old guy."
Fisher has always had a love for the game and it's only grown as his career has progressed.
"I know I'm not going to play forever so I'm trying to enjoy it as much as I can," admitted Fisher. "I've been blessed with a long career and I appreciate everything."
Fisher's 16-year-career holds many fond memories highlighted by his first game against the Philadelphia Flyers in 1999, the Senators Stanley Cup run in 2007, the trade to the Predators in 2011 and now playing in his 1000th game.
"There are so many great memories over the years," said Fisher. "Just as important are the teammates, the coaches and the trainers who I've worked with. There have been so many great people over the years."
Fisher acknowledges the trade was likely one of the most significant events of his career.
Hugely popular with fans and a solid veteran centre Fisher had no inkling a trade was in the works, but when he learned of the destination on Feb. 12, 2011 Fisher was thankful.
“It was a lot easier to come to Nashville
than anywhere, because of Carrie being here and our marriage and it couldn’t
have worked out any better,” Fisher said. “I’m definitely very fortunate that I
was able to come here and be a part of this. I'll always be grateful to Bryan (Murray) because I know they could have traded me anywhere."
Fisher and Underwood recently celebrated their son, Isaiah's, first birthday. Fisher admits seeing how quickly this first year has gone by has put a number of things in perspective.
"Now as a parent I have a measuring stick about how quickly time really does fly. It really makes you want to enjoy it and enjoy the moment."