Graduating captain soars to Golden Hawks
Hockey: Oilers favourite Robbie Fisher commits to Wilfrid Laurier
By: Remy Greer
| Posted: Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 06:00 am
There will be an Okotoks-themed reunion in the hallways of Wilfrid Laurier University this fall.
Graduating Okotoks Oilers captain Robbie Fisher committed to the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks for the 2013-14 season with a big assist to former linemate Greg Lamoureux who just wrapped up his freshman year with the Ontario school.
“Lammy put it in my ear during the middle of the year and after the year as soon as I got home I got a text from him asking if I would be interested in talking about their program,” said Fisher. “I have a lot of chemistry with him and a lot of respect for him.
“As soon as I got that text I had a feeling I would end up committing there.”
The reunion of ex-Oiler skippers conjures up great memories of the 2012-13 season in which Fisher, Lamoureux and Chris Collins formed one of the most dominant lines in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and pushed the green-and-gold within one win of the finals.
“He’s definitely one of the main reasons I decided to commit there,” said Fisher, who poured in a career-high 28 goals riding shotgun on Lamoureux’s line. “I had the best year of my career with him on my line, and I’ll give a shoutout to Chris Collins, too, he’s not a bad player.
“We were co-captains together, really good friends, hang out a lot and like to talk about where we’re at as players and where the team is at. We’ve always talked about one day getting to play with each other again. I’m really, really excited.”
Fisher has been weighing the admittedly massive decision since April, adding the fit and the opportunity were too good to pass up after examining all his options.
“I’m happy to be to be joining Wilfrid Laurier,” Fisher said. “(Greg) said it’s a great school, a real positive experience. I don’t think the team had the best of years last year, but they were left shorthanded.
“It’s going to be a really good opportunity for me to go in for a rebuilding year. From what the coach (Greg Puhalski) has said I’m going to get a lot of opportunity. As a player, that’s what you want, especially as a new player.”
The Golden Hawks were down to 12 players as injuries beset the Canadian Interuniversity Sport squad leading to a 2013-14 campaign without a playoff appearance.
For Fisher, a native of lakeside Kenora near the Manitoba border, remaining in his home province made the Golden Hawks all the more enticing.
“You have that home feeling when you’re still in your province,” he said. “That went into it for sure. At the end of the day, it’s just a good school and the opportunity that I have there is something that was hard to pass up.”
Fisher, who has remained in Alberta for work since the end of the hockey season, put serious consideration into plying his post-secondary trade in the Wildrose province.
“If there was an opportunity I would have looked a little more into it, just being out West, I love it out here,” he said.
Academically, the 21-year-old plans to survey his options as a general-education student as a freshman returning to studies for the first time since finishing high school in 2011.
“I was hoping to have it all figured out by middle of May,” he said. “There was never a doubt that I wasn’t going to play, but the longer it goes on the more you second guess yourself.
“Now it’s a relief and I can focus on the day-to-day things and really amp up the training, the off-ice workouts and really get ready to try and make a strong first impression.”
The type of permanent impression the affable Ontarian left in Big Oil country.
Fisher earned the Oiler Award/Greg Wedderburn Memorial Trophy in all three seasons in Okotoks, served as captain for two seasons and registered 52 goals and 102 points from 2011-13. He capped his Junior career by taking home the 2013-14 Stewy Stewart Memorial Award in recognition of character and dedication to the sport on and off the ice.
“I know I can speak on behalf of Oilers staff, directors, players, volunteers and fans that we feel very fortunate to call Robbie an Oiler and his presence will be felt for many years to come,” said Oilers head coach/GM James Poole. “His passion, leadership, dedication and commitment level had an extremely positive influence with our program on the ice, in the dressing room and in the community.
“The Golden Hawks are not only getting a great hockey player, but an even better person.”