Fisher named finalist for NHL award that recognizes charitable efforts

Monday, April 30, 2012 at 10:43pm
Staff reports

Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher is one of three finalists for the 2012 NHL Foundation Player Award, the league announced Monday.

Teams nominate players for the award, which “recognizes an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey — commitment, perseverance and teamwork — to enrich the lives of people in his community.” A judging panel votes.

The other finalists are Toronto defenseman John-Michael Liles and New York Islanders forward Matt Moulson.

Since being acquired in a trade with Toronto more than 14 months ago, Fisher has worked with several charitable endeavors in Middle Tennessee, among them Room in the Inn, Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital and Cottage Cove Urban Ministries.

He donated $40,000 to Cottage Cove for the purchase of a vehicle and renovation of a music room. Last September he released a book, ‘Defender of Faith: The Mike Fisher Story.’ Aimed at youth, all sales benefit World Vision.

Among other things, Liles founded the Liles’ Buds program, which recognizes children who perform acts of kindness and give back to their community through anti-bullying efforts.

Moulson’s charitable efforts include the 326 Foundation, which he founded with brother-in-law Jonathan Quick, a goalie for the Los Angeles Kings, and benefits the Islanders Children’s Foundation and the Kings Care Foundation.