Sunday, November 25, 2007
I'm here in Saginaw, Michigan on a road trip with the Peterborough Petes. This afternoon we had a chapel service in my room. With only three chairs in the room, we had to improvise. In other words, I had to share my bed with 9 other guys.
We had 18 players, two trainers and myself in the room as I challenged them concerning the lives they are writing each day. The handout was entitled "We're Writing Our Story Each Day Of Our Lives...Write Well."
Last night we were in Windsor and tomorrow (Sunday) we're in Sarnia. Tonight the guys snapped their losing streak with a well-deserved win over Saginaw.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
He had been out of action for awhile with a banged up finger but he was shutting 'em down Saturday night!
CONGRATULATIONS, Bud! We love you a lot!
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Rob Brodie Ottawa Senators
But the heart and soul makeup that defines Mike Fisher doesn’t begin and end with hockey. Not when you’re a guy who never forgets to count his blessings every day.
“A lot of it is my God-given abilities,” Fisher said when asked what drives him to excel on the ice. “We’re all given different things, and I think one of them is the determination I have. I don’t take my health for granted, and try to give it everything I have when I can.”
That drive turned Fisher, a “mostly offensive player” in junior hockey, into one of the Senators’ hardest hitting forwards.
“It’s a fun part of the game,” said Fisher. “I feel like if I’m playing physical, then usually I’m into the game and at my best and can make plays, too.”
Senators fans, who’ve voted him their favourite team player in ottawasenators.com polls the past two seasons, surely appreciate Fisher’s hard-nosed style.
“I guess I try to leave everything on the ice, and fans just appreciate effort and hard-working guys,” said Fisher, who’s clearly humbled by the fans’ support.
Fisher, a devout Christian, applies the same approach to life outside the rink. He’s often one of the first in line to help out someone in need.
“It’s rewarding and having a faith in God, too, for me it puts a perspective on things that are important, like trying to help others,” he said. “I feel blessed to be in the position I’m at, and I just want to help out if I can and try to give back.
“A lot of guys on the team are great that way. We’re all in a unique position, and it’s an honour to be able to help out.”
Give the Leafs a powerplay and you can almost count on Ottawa netting a short-handed goal. It happened again last night.
Crying towels anyone?
On a more serious note, why not pick up the latest issue of Sports Spectrum magazine which features a story on Mike Fisher.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
The latest issue (November/December) of SPORTS SPECTRUM magazine has a feature on Mike Fisher (Bud's big brother), written by his uncle, David Fisher...me.
Check out a brief preview of the story at the following link:
Then...be sure to subscibe to this excellent publication!
Friday, October 12, 2007
As a Freshman in 2005–06:
Born in Peterborough, Ontario...Son of Karen and Jim Fisher...His older brother, Mike, currently plays with the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League...Plans to major in business.
Saves • 43, vs. Robert Morris, 10/13/06
Least Goals Allowed • 0, three times
Most Goals Allowed • 5, three times
Saves • 43, vs. Robert Morris, 10/13/06
Least Goals Allowed • 0, six times
Most Goals Allowed • 6, at St. Lawrence, 11/18/05
Saturday, September 01, 2007
In the 2nd game the Twins' starter Scott Baker was working on a perfect game going into the 9th inning. 24 batters faced. 24 batters set down. He hadn't walked a Royals' player or allowed a hit.
Then things changed...dramatically! He issued a walk to John Buck and then Sweeney got the only hit off Baker, a bloop single. I guess Mike can't stand perfection. He's a spoiler! A good one at that!
The Twins went on to defeat the Royals 5-0 with Baker picking up the win...and a one-hitter.
Welcome back, Mike! The PILGRIM PALS were praying for you when you had your surgery and following.
And I bet Scott Baker wishes you had waited until today to make your grand entrance!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
It's amazing what goes on during a game...that the fans don't see. Just kidding but these two players are both great guys who love the Lord.
Friday, August 03, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
On June 15th, Brett celebrated his 50th birthday and Carol and I both had the pleasure of speaking with him and getting caught up.
Today we received the following e-mail from Brett & Eveline's daughter, Stefanie.
PLEASE KEEP BRETT & EVELINE IN YOUR PRAYERS. THANK YOU!
For those of you who were not made aware of this the day before last; my mom asked me to e-mail everyone and keep you all updated on my dad's health. Brett was sent to the hospital this past Friday for what they believed to be Vertigo at the time. He was very dizzy; his equilibrium was off; and he was having trouble with his balance. However; once he was at the hospital and they checked him out and ran tests; they found that he had actually suffered from a mild stroke.
Thankfully Eveline was with him; she had flown in from Arizona by way of California and met them at the Mobile; AL hospital. They checked him out and said that the only type of paralysis that he has experienced thus far is in his equilibrium; which does throw off his balance; and makes him nauseas. This paralysis they said can be something that he totally recovers from within the next six months; or it could be something that he has to live with from this point on.
The stroke they believe is something that is hereditary (something from his parents); because he is in very good health and has no other symptoms that would lead him to have a stroke. His blood was clotted which was preventing him from getting enough oxygen flow to his brain; which in turn; caused the stroke. Since then; they have out him on blood thinner and are trying to prevent anymore clotting. He is going to be in the hospital for a few more days; but hopefully Eveline will be able to take him home shortly. He was in pretty bad shape on Friday; but has since then progressed a lot. I think that is definitely from all the prayers! Right now; someone is taking over his managing position until they decide whether or not he is going to be well enough to go back and finish out the season. But; if you know Brett; he's pretty persistent and I wouldn't doubt that that is a possibility! Either way; I will keep you all updated on any further information I receive.
Please just keep him in your prayers; as well as Eveline and the doctors. He's a strong man and when I spoke with him yesterday; he said "Stef; I don't know what's going on but I know that God is going to get us through it. We just have to remember that and trust Him." Ab and Katie and Blake and I are doing okay at the moment. Brett and Eveline appreciate your support and love and we will contact you with any further news. Thanks so much and God Bless!
* I have just been informed that Brett is doing very well and that the doctors are going to be sending him home on Monday. I'll keep you posted otherwise!
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Gabe went hitless in his first game on Tuesday but has had 7 hits since then, not counting tonight's game.
Thanks for your prayers for Gabe & Kelly! Hopefully he will show the Brewers that he should be in the "bigs" and they'll call him up before September.
CONGRATULATIONS, Gabe! We're praying for the two of you!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Here's that prayer request:
Please remember the family of Mike Coolbaugh who died after being struck by a line drive in a game yesterday. Tino Sanchez, who hit the ball that struck Mike, could also use our prayers. The following is from Tulsa Driller Chapel Leader Victor Cruz:
I am so sorry to inform you of the fatal accident that took place Sunday-July 22 during the baseball game between the Tulsa Drillers and the Arkansas Travelers.
Tulsa hitting coach Mike Coolbaugh was struck in the head by a foul ball hit by Tulsa Drillers Tino Sanchez. Mike was transported to Baptist Medical Center in North Little Rock and at the time, he was not conscious. Coach Mike, never recovered from his injury. I was informed by Tulsa catcher Rick Guarno, who is one of our Baseball Chapel player reps, of all the events, as they happened.
I understand that Coach Mike Coolbaugh is survived by his wife, two sons and Mrs. Coolbaugh is also pregnant. I also understand that they reside in San Antonio, TX. Please lift up the Coolbaugh family to our Father in Heaven.
Tino Sanchez is not doing well in dealing with this. Please keep him, the entire team and staff in your prayers.
Note: For more on this tragic story please check out the following link. Thanks for your prayers.
The team opted for an extra arm because Ben Sheets is on the disabled list with a finger injury and the team is in the middle of a stretch of 18 games in 17 days, including a doubleheader in St. Louis next weekend.
Gross had played only sparingly. He was hitting .202 in 55 games, but got only 18 at-bats in June and 17 at-bats in July.
"Hopefully I'll be able to go down and get some at-bats," said Gross, 27. "It's been two years since I've been able to play every day, so that's going to be nice. I'm looking forward to waking up every day knowing my name is going to be in the lineup."
The Triple-A Sounds are on the road, so Gross will travel to Nashville on Monday to join the team beginning Tuesday. He vowed to make it back to the big leagues.
"I have never been more confident in my ability to play every day," Gross said. "I feel like if you put me in the lineup on the first of April and take me out the first of October, that my numbers won't just be adequate, they'll be very good. I have to convince somebody to give me that opportunity."
Back on June 18, the Brewers faced a similar decision but opted to keep Gross over Tony Gwynn Jr., who was sent to Nashville to get at-bats. Gwynn had since returned to the Majors and was kept this time around, according to manager Ned Yost, partly because center fielder Bill Hall is on the disabled list and Gwynn is a true center fielder.
Hall said Saturday that he expects to be back in the lineup Wednesday in Cincinnati, at which time the Brewers will have to make another roster move. If they stick with 13 pitchers, Gwynn may have to go back to Nashville again.
"It's real important to us that Gabe Gross and Tony Gwynn are swinging the bat, because we're going to need them in September," Yost said. "They can be a big part of our bench and can win ballgames off of our bench. They're both young players and it's difficult for young players to stay sharp not playing every day."
Monday, June 04, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Sens Take Opener 5-2
The Ottawa Senators, led by Mike Fisher, put a beating on the Buffalo Sabres tonight in the first game of the Eastern Conference finals. Fisher's shorthanded goal almost five minutes into the game set the pace and his tireless play throughout the game caught the attention of Don Cherry...again. Cherry's post-game comments were filled with praise for the Peterborough native!
Back home in Cavan, Ontario, Mike's uncle David (Big Fish) was cheering in his usual, laid-back, quiet manner!
GO SENS GO!
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Today Mike really got front page coverage in the Ottawa Sun (see picture).
The Senators took a commanding 3-1 lead in the series tonight by defeating the Devils 3-2 with Mike scoring what turned out to be the winning goal.
Here's an article that appeared in today's Ottawa Sun concerning Mike:
Pulling off his helmet as he enters the Ottawa Senators locker room, Mike Fisher keeps his head low as he walks past a throng of reporters, cameramen and photographers.
He smooths over his drenched brown hair, pulls on a black ball cap and puts on his game face in front of a phalanx of cameras, notepads and spotlights.
"Yeah, it's a slow day," says the 26-year-old forward with a rueful chuckle.
It's the morning after Game 3 of the Senators second-round matchup against the New Jersey Devils and the buzz is all about Fisher's well-timed bump of Devils goalie Martin Brodeur just seconds before Tom Preissing's goal in the early minutes of the third period.
Beads of sweat drip from Fisher's scruffy playoff beard as he tells reporters that the knock was unintentional, that he doesn't play dirty, that he tries to play by the rules.
In a nearby equipment room, Fisher's stick hangs on a rack, with the words Romans 12:12 scribbled along the side. It's a prayer Fisher says every time he steps out on the ice.
Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble and always be prayerful.
'GIVE GOD ALL THE GLORY'
"It's just a reminder. Sometimes, you go on ups and downs and just to be happy for what God has given you and try to give God all the glory," says Fisher as he rests on a locker room bench after the morning skate.
Today, the spotlight's on his derring-do foray into a goal crease and tomorrow, the focus may be a questionable hit or his dearth of playoff goals.
Either way, the Peterborough native sees his play on and off the ice through the prism of a committed and deep Christian faith.
"I just try to stay on an even keel and not get too high and not get too low as well and keep a good perspective on everything," says Fisher.
"Before games, I try to just give Him the game and try to give my best effort every night and He'll take care of the results, for sure," he says.
Fisher is one of a handful of Senators players who seek out the wisdom of the Bible to guide them in their careers and personal lives.
A few times a month, Fisher drops by a 20-minute non-denominational gathering led by Laurie Boschman, the original Senators captain who now runs the Ottawa and Eastern Ontario chapter of Hockey Ministries International.
The Christian charity, which has links with about 200 North American junior and pro hockey teams, runs chapel programs for players in 10 of the NHL's 30 teams.
"It's all player-driven," says Boschman, adding "it would surprise you the number of players who are interested."
Boschman guards details of who and how many Senators players attend the chapel, saying players' participation depends on the program's privacy.
There are some regulars and others drop by just to "check it out," says Boschman.
"As former hockey players, we understand some the pressures these guys are under and the challenges they face," he says, adding he's there to "walk with them."
A pro athlete's life is a charmed one, but some questions about life, death and relationships remain the same for the superstar player and the fan in the stands.
"It's about what the Bible has to say about those areas and how we can apply it to our own lives," says Boschman, who says there's growing acceptance among pro teams for spiritual guidance.
In the U.S., few bat an eye if a pro baseball, football or basketball player talks about God publicly.
Boschman says religion is part of the pro sports landscape thanks to a feeder system in U.S. colleges where chaplains are just another member of the support team for young athletes.
When athletes go pro, it's a seamless progression and there's no stigma about professing their beliefs publicly, he says.
Boschman says it's taken time for religious support groups like HMI to gain the trust of NHL teams.
"Once they become familiar with us and there's a trust that develops, they understand there's nothing spooky about who we are and what we do," says Boschman, who attended his first hockey chapel in 1980 when he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
MORE DEDICATED PLAYER
While he says finding God helped him become "a more dedicated athlete and committed hockey player," Leafs owner Harold Ballard belittled Boschman's born-again Christian faith, blaming his beliefs for making him a soft player.
"I didn't have any problem with the fact you could play aggressive, physical and tough and be a Christian," says Boschman, adding that there are "still some preconceived notions about what a Christian hockey player looks like."
Fisher, with his rugged looks and easy smile, has become an NHL poster boy for how good guys can play tough and keep their eye on a prize beyond the Stanley Cup.
Raised in a Christian home, he cites his parents as key role models who kept him grounded during his years playing with the Sudbury Wolves in the OHL.
In his nine years with the Senators, Fisher formed a kinship with Roger Neilson, the beloved assistant coach who died of cancer in June 2003.
"He was a good role model for me and well respected in the game and a guy who obviously loved God but loved to have a good time and had a good sense of humour," says Fisher.
"The way he battled cancer and fought and was at peace with whatever God had for him was amazing," says Fisher, who regularly attends Kanata Wesleyan Church.
In the summer, Fisher is one of many NHLers who help out at HMI's camps for young players.
"Kids want to know what God has done in your life and I try to share with the impact and the importance that having a faith is to me," says Fisher, who devotes some time every day reading the Bible or in prayer.
A few years ago, a series of injuries sidelined Fisher, prompting him to question his future and take solace in his faith.
"I really doubted whether I could become the player I could be," he recalls. "Just having a faith in Christ and knowing that he has a certain plan for me and just giving it all over to Him, that's when I kind of relaxed."
"Now, I don't take the game for granted at all because I appreciate being healthy and being able to play. It's kind of a gift," says Fisher.
"God kind of gives you the patience to deal with those types of things."
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
The next night, he bounced back from a tough first period to stop 19 of 21 shots in a 3-2 win over the Big Red. Most importantly, Fisher stopped all seven Cornell shots in the third period, including a late flurry with the Bobcats protecting a one-goal lead.
The Bobcats now move on to the ECAC Hockey League tournament semifinals, where they will face St. Lawrence on Friday night at the Times Union Center in Albany. The two teams will face off at 4:30 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to Saturday's championship game at 8 p.m. The loser will play in the consolation contest at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
We're proud of you, Bryan! All the best!
Monday, February 26, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
- The good ol' days of Carter, Fisher and Alomar
- Big Fish with a big fish. Actually Blue Jays' radio broadcaster, Jerry Howarth, caught it. I just got to hold it.
- Toronto Blue Jays' minor league Baseball Chapel leaders at a get-together in Toronto at the ball park. Front row, left to right - Terry Hoke - Hagerstown Suns, Jeff Raub - Syracuse Chiefs, Vince Contessa - Knoxville Smokies. Back row, left to right - Jack Scruton - St. Catharines Stompers, David Fisher - Toronto Blue Jays, John Fitts - Dunedin Blue Jays
- John Olerud signing an autograph for a young man during a hospital visit
- Pete & Barb Metzelaars (Buffalo Bills) and their sons. Pete spoke at a Blue Jay chapel service that day.
- Honoring Detroit Tigers radio broadcaster, Ernie Harwell, just before his retirement.
Thank you, Father, for the opportunity to touch many lives over those 29 years of baseball ministry. I'm a blessed man and God gave me many lifelong friends.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
We depend on the prayers and financial support of the Lord's people.
Last night we had 21 of the Peterborough Petes in attendance at our bi-weekly MONDAY WE HAVE FISH Bible studies.
Thanks again, dear friends!
"We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ." - Colossians 3:28 (NIV)