Skip to main content

Joe Fisher

Joe Fisher won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 1943. He played a total of 65 NHL games over four seasons, and another 12 in the playoffs. He also had a solid career in the AHL, mostly with Indianapolis, and a lengthy amateur career in Western Canada

But Joe Fisher's greatest contribution to hockey was not in the NHL or even as a player. It was as one of the founding members of the Medicine Hat Tigers junior club in 1970.

The Tigers are a community driven success story, and one of the most fabled franchises in all of Canadian junior hockey. And Fisher helped lay the foundation to that success.

"He was very definitely a driving force in the hockey community," said business partner Fred Hall.

Fisher was born and raised in Medicine Hat. Once his playing career was over he returned to "The Hat" and coached a different Medicine Hat team also named Tigers back in the 1950s.

Off the ice Fisher established himself with a successful insurance career. Previously, when Fisher was still playing in Detroit, he had his own restaurant in Medicine Hat.

In 1970 Fisher, Rod Carry and George Maser brought the Western hockey League to town.

"Joe Fisher's reputation around the hockey world added instant credibility for attaining an expansion franchise for the city of Medicine Hat," said Tigers' current owner and team president Darrell Maser.

"His hockey expertise was instrumental in garnering the like of Tom Lysiak, Lanny McDonald, Don Murdoch and Kelly Hrudey, which ensured the team's on-ice success for the years to come."

Fisher sold his interests in the Tigers in 1979 but remained a season ticket holder and was always very interested in the team.

Joe Fisher passed away in 2002. He was 85 years old.


Popular posts from this blog

100 Greatest Hockey Players Of All Time

What follows is a listing of the 100 greatest hockey players of all time, in my opinion. As discussed earlier, the definition of greatness is a very personalized endeavor and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.
While there is no way of ever truly ranking the top 100 definitively, it is important for the creators of such lists to be open and transparent of how the came to their conclusions. That accountability allows the reader to better understand the process. 

Although admittedly I'm using a completely unscientific formula, I weigh career achievements (era statistics, awards, championships) and legacy (impact on and off ice, peak dominance) equally high. I rank player ability as the third most important ingredient, as first and foremost as a tie breaker. Hence, I'm not necessarily looking for the better player, as in text book definitions of what a hockey player should be, but for players with the greatest careers and greatest legacies. Therefore the best player is not n…

Top Ten Junior Players Of All Time

Let's take a look at the Top Ten junior players of all time. For the purposes of this list we will at players in the WHL, OHL and QMJHL only.

10. Pat Lafontaine, Verdun, QMJHL Rookie-record 104 goals, 234 points in 1982-83; major junior player of the year.

9. Denis Potvin, Ottawa, OHL 254 games, 95 goals, 234 assists, 329 points. Broke Bobby Orr's junior records.

8. John Tavares, Oshawa, OHL 215 goals, 433 points in 247 games; most goals in OHL history; eligibility rules changed to admit him at 15; 2006 major junior rookie of the year, 2007 major junior player of the year; two world juniors, named 2009 all-star, top forward and MVP.

7. Sidney Crosby, Rimouski, QMJHL 120 goals, 303 points in 121 games; two-time major junior player of the year; silver and gold with Canada at two world juniors.

6. Eric Lindros, Oshawa, OHL 97 goals, 216 points in 95 games; one Memorial Cup victory; three world junior tournaments; major junior player of the year in 1991.

5. Mike Bossy, Laval, Q…

Greatest Hockey Legends: M