The Nashville Predators announced on Thursday that they have named Mike Fisher as their seventh captain in team history.
Fisher replaces Shea Weber, who served as the captain in the “Music City” for six seasons before being dealt to the Montreal Canadiens for P.K. Subban over the summer.
On the team’s website, Fisher said, “It is really special to be wearing the `C.’ There is no question it is an honor, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to wear it for a great organization, great people and a great team. I could not be happier, and I am excited. I am looking forward to the season and it is going to be a fun challenge.”
The Predators acquired Fisher, on February 10, 2011 in exchange for two draft picks from the Ottawa Senators. He has served as an alternate captain for the past four seasons.
In 1,016 National Hockey League games, he has scored 258 goals and 285 assists. He added 23 goals and 24 assists through 114 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Predators general manager, David Poile said, “It is the right time for Mike to be the [seventh] captain in our history. In my mind, I feel he could have easily been the captain, many times in his career, but this is his time; it is the perfect fit.”
He added, “In terms of the type of player that Mike is, he has played over 1,000 games in the National Hockey League, he comes to play every game, he is respected by his teammates, his coaches, his opponents, referees, and mike is the guy the players go to when they need something. Whether it be some advice of what to do on the ice, and equally, if not more important, some advice of what to do off of the ice. This is a perfect fit for our franchise today.”
Fisher has been involved in the community, ever since he arrived in the “Music City,” six years ago. The work that he has done with Room at the Inn, a Nashville organization dealing with the homeless, has been one of the main contributions to his off of the ice work.
Predators head coach, Peter Laviolette said, “Mike Fisher is a perfect choice to be captain of this team. For him to step into this role is a natural fit. When the transactions happened this summer, in the back of my mind, I knew we has a guy that could take over as captain of this team and do an excellent job at it. He is really well respected by the players in the room, and by the coaches around the league, so for me, it is a really easy transition for him to come in and take over this team.”
Also announced by the Predators, was center, Paul Gaustad has announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday. The 34-year-old forward scored 89 goals and 142 assists in 727 games between the Predators and the Buffalo Sabres.
This past season, Gaustad, who Nashville acquired from the Sabres in February of 2012, put up two goals and four assists in 63 games.