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Fisher reflects on 2005-06 season

Friday, 02.06.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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"With the new coaching staff this year, I had more of a role and opportunity," Mike Fisher says.

by Todd Anderson

Ottawa Senators centre Mike Fisher has the perfect place to reflect on what he calls a breakthrough season in 2005-06. The seven-year veteran is excited to have the construction of his new waterfront home, located just north of his hometown of Peterborough, Ont., finished this weekend.

"Fishing, boating, I like all that kind of stuff," Fisher said on May 31 during a stop at Scotiabank Place before participating in former Senator Laurie Boschman's Hockey Ministries International golf tournament.

Outdoorsmen like Fisher will tell you the silence that falls over a dense bush, vast field, or flat lake provides the ideal setting for quiet contemplation. Sitting in a boat, in the middle of the lake this summer, Fisher will undoubtedly have plenty of fond memories to look back on from the past season. He set several personal highs, including 22 goals and assists and 44 points.

"With the new coaching staff this year, I had more of a role and opportunity," he says. "It wasn't until after everything was done that I realized I had a decent year. A lot of guys had decent years, and playing with good guys on a good team helps."

The Senators' 1998 second-round draft pick (44th overall) recently returned from a fishing tournament north of Pembroke, Ont., where he and a few friends netted quite a few trout over the four days. Fisher will be in a few more fishing and golf events this summer, as well as several other charity events, but there's one new event he'll be attending for the first time.

On June 22, he will be an honoured guest at the 2006 NHL Awards banquet in Vancouver as a nominee for the Frank J. Selke Trophy. The trophy is an annual award given to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.

"It has been a goal of mine to achieve that the last few years," Fisher said of the nomination." It's really neat for me to be recognized as one of the top defensive forwards. It's a real honour."

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06
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