Fisher to carry Olympic torch

Posted on December 10, 2009

Fisher to carry Olympic torch

It's a moment that Mike Fisher is likely to remember for a long time to come.

Friday night Fisher will carry the Olympic torch as it makes its way to the Outaouais. At about 6:50 p.m., he'll carry the flame along Boulevard du Carrefour to the edge of Place de la Cit?, the site of a community celebration welcoming the coast-to-coast torch run to Gatineau.

Fisher is only the second member of the National Hockey League to take part in the torch relay as it makes it way to Vancouver where the 2010 Olympic Games will take place. Sydney Crosby, of the Pittsburgh Penguins, carried the torch last month through Nova Scotia.

"It will be exciting," said Fisher. ""It's quite an honour to do it. I'm sure it's something I'll remember for a long time. I'm glad to be able to do it and get the opportunity. I'll carry it with pride."

With his strong start to the season Fisher is considered to have an outside shot at making Canada's Olympic roster.

The Senators centre is one of four representatives of the Senators organization who will act as torchbearers as the relay makes it way through Ottawa-Gatineau over the next four days.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray will carry the torch Saturday afternoon. Bill Courchaine, the Senators' director of sales and corporate partnerships, will carry the Olympic flame along Palladium Drive to Scotiabank Place on Sunday at 8:40 a.m. Then on Monday around 7 a.m., Senators president Cyril Leeder joins the relay on King Edward Ave., near Laurier Ave. East.

Each torchbearer carries the flame for a distance of about 300 metres.