Before he was an NHL superstar Mike Fisher was like every other Canadian boy. He spent his weekends being shuttled from one rink to another by his parents.
And while Fisher has thanked his parents for their support and encouragement in many different ways since becoming a member of the Ottawa Senators, this weekend Fisher and his father, Jim, will share a very special adventure.
The Senators have invited the players fathers to join them on the road for two games and get a real taste of life in the NHL.
Fathers joined the team in Montreal on Friday, will attend Saturday's game there and then fly on the team charter to Boston and will attend Monday's afternoon game before returning to Ottawa where they will wrap-up the weekend events with Tuesday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Scotiabank Place.
"It's exciting for the guys and the fathers," said Fisher. "It's nice for them to be able to see what life is like on the road and enjoy it with us."
Dad's will be treated to a first-class weekend where they will be able to stay in beautiful hotels and travel in luxury. The players and the Senators are determined to make this a weekend to remember.
"My dad has sacrificed a lot being a hockey dad running me from rink to rink so it's nice for him to enjoy this," added Fisher. "He's really excited about the trip and I know they'll have a great time."
And unlike those minor hockey days when dads would often create new friendships from spending countless hours together many of these fathers will be meeting for the first time, but they will all be sharing in the pride that has brought their sons to this level and likely to share a few childhood memories.