Fisher announces decision to retire
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze are disappointed to announce that American forward Drew Fisher will no longer be returning to the club for the 2016/17 Elite League season.
It is with regret that the 29 year-old has signalled his intention to retire from the sport after being offered an opportunity "too good to turn down" outside of hockey.
"With a heavy heart I made the toughest decision of my life," said Drew. "I will truly miss this game but more than that I will miss the people surrounding it. I have had the opportunity to touch so many lives and I will miss the people who touched mine. My family's time in Coventry was hands down the most fun we've ever had around this beautiful game. Our family would like the thank the Coventry Blaze staff and organisation along with fans and teammates for bringing us in as part of their family. We will truly miss everything about it."
Drew would like to thank everybody who has supported him throughout his career with a video:
My family's time in Coventry was hands down the most fun we've ever had around this beautiful game. Our family would like the thank the Coventry Blaze staff and organization along with fans and teammates for bringing us in as part of their family. We will truly miss everything about it.
The native of International Falls, Minnesota played just one season with the Blaze where he made a big impression, not least for his various highlight reel goals scored in the penalty-shootout. His beating of Belfast Giants' goalie Stephen Murphy, being awarded the BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Champagne moment of last season.
Over the year, the number 20 with the magical hands scored four from six attempts in the shoot-out, including three game-winning-goal's.
A further special moment for the skilled winger came in the playoff quarter-final game vs. Sheffield Steelers where he scored the game-winning-goal sending Blaze to the Playoff finals weekend in Nottingham where they were to be defeated by the hosts in the final.
That game was to be Fisher's last as a professional player as he hangs up the skates on the back of 14 goals, 27 assists for 41 points in 60 games for Blaze.
His career year points wise came previous to joining Coventry where in 2014/15, the Tulsa Oiler posted 18 goals and a massive 59 assists for 77 points in 68 appearances, the joint third best in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).
In addition to over 200 games for Tulsa, Fisher also iced for the Indiana Ice before a move to the Sioux Falls Stampede where he won the USHL Clark Cup in 2006/07. A further notable achievement of his career was being named in the NCAA (WCHA) All-Academic team twice whilst graduating from Bemidji State University whom he played for after leaving the University of Minnesota.
Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart said of Fisher's departure:
"It's unfortunate for the club that Drew has decided to take a job outside of hockey. He was the type of player we are trying to mould our organisation around and build on. In saying that, it is without a doubt, a decision we completely understand and we wish Drew all the best in the next part of his life. At the end of the day a career, and the long term security for his family I would imagine take priority over hockey and that's part of the business we are in.
"With this news we now need to determine how we need to fill the void of his departure," continued Stewart. He was a quality player and person and that is exactly what we will be looking for. At the moment we are speaking to numerous players, including Chris Bruton and also agents and we are hoping to make decisions soon that will see us hopefully come to agreements on several players in the next few weeks."
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze would like to place on record our thanks to Drew Fisher and we wish him and his family all the very best for the future.