Red Fisher is a mythical name in sports journalism.
Fisher’s death on Friday at 91 sent shockwaves through the National Hockey League community, and stories upon stories — snippets of Fisher and his life — began circulation around the Internet, many on Twitter by those who worked alongside him and those who had the pleasure to speak with the man.
Fisher’s life will be immortalized in print in the coming days. Michael Farber wrote this beautifully done piece for the Montreal Gazette already today. A must-read.
Here’s what his contemporary’s are saying, those that revere him and the people who Fisher made an impact on in so many ways:
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Dave Stubbs passes along word that famous Montreal beat writer “Red” Fisher has retired. Stubbs’ Twitter feed is essentially turning into a treasure trove of Red bits this morning. (Dave Stubbs)
Someone brought up the intriguing possibility of the Washington Capitals going “off the board” a bit by hiring underrated head coach Paul Maurice. That possibility is out the window now, however, as Genadi Boguslavski reports that Maurice agreed to the KHL team Metalurg Magnitogorsk today. (Genadi Boguslavski)
USA Hockey honored Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos. (Hurricanes)
Why the Detroit Red Wings will probably be rooting for I’ll Have Another to win the Triple Crown. (Red Wings)
Pierre LeBrun has some tips to reduce wear-and-tear on players so the playoffs can end with teams that are a little less banged up. Not sure I feel all that great about randomly making the second round – but not the first round – shorter with a best-of-five series, though. (ESPN)
Lisa Dillman discusses Martin Brodeur’s “Peter Pan” qualities – and no, this isn’t an elaborate joke about peanut butter. (LA Times)
Looking back to when Dale Tallon first took over the Florida Panthers. (Miami Herald)
Want even more Morning Skate-y goodness? CSNNE.com has one of their own. (CSNNE.com)