Fisher Olympic hopeful

Posted on December 27, 2009

Fisher Olympic hopeful

It's been quite a year for Mike Fisher.

While he and the Senators got off to a rough start last January, 2010 looks promising for both the team and Fisher.

Fisher is playing what many consider the best hockey of his career and could earn him an invite to represent Canada at the upcoming Olympic winter Games.

The 29-year-old will have to wait until the 30th to find out from Hockey Canada whether or not he made the final cut, but no one can deny his value to the Senators this season.

"I'm trying not to think too much about it," said Fisher. "It would be a great honour."

While Fisher doesn't have any previous Olympic experience he has represented Canada at the World Championships.

Over the years Fisher has often been counted on for his work ethic and while they've always expected some offensive production this year's coaching staff seems to see Fisher as an all-around player and his numbers are backing their belief.

With 15 goals and 30 points in 36 games Fisher has already surpassed last year's 13 goals.

"I don't think I'm doing anything that different," said Fisher. "I'm just trying to play hard and I've gotten some luck at times as well."

Fisher has played much of the season with Alex Kovalev and Nick Foligno, although there have been games where's he's played with two completely different wingers. Regardless of who he's lined up with Fisher seems to be able to make things happen.

"When you get a couple goals you just seem to have more confidence," Fisher said. "It kind of goes hand-in-hand."

Senators coach Cory Clouston has shown great confidence in Fisher putting him out in key situations like killing penalties, playing on the powerplay and counting on him in the final minute of play in a tight game.

"It's nice to know that the coach has that confidence," said Fisher.

Fisher is hoping that Steve Yzerman, Executive Director for Canada's men's hockey team, will have the same confidence and name him to the roster.