Red Fisher

Fisher in December 2009
Born Saul Fisher
August 22, 1926(1926-08-22)
Montreal, Quebec
Died January 19 2018 (aged 91)
Occupation Sports journalist
Years active 1955–2012

Saul Fisher, (August 22, 1926 – January 19, 2018), known as Red Fisher, was a Canadian sports journalist whose columns focused on the National Hockey League and its Montreal Canadiens team. Fisher was widely considered to be one of the greatest writers to ever cover the sport of ice hockey.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Fisher was born in Montreal in 1926 and was given the nickname "Red" due to the colour of his hair in his younger years.[1]

Career[edit | edit source]

Fisher began his hockey reporting for The Montreal Star newspaper on March 17, 1955, the night of the Richard Riot.[2] He remained as writer and sports editor until that paper's demise in 1979.[2] Immediately after this, he joined the Montreal Gazette as sports editor (for a short time), where his columns continued to appear.[3]

He covered Montreal Canadiens teams that won five Stanley Cups in a row in the 1950s as well as dynasty teams in the 1960s and 1970s.[4] He was also at the 1972 Summit Series between NHL players and the Soviet national team.[3] Fisher gained prominence for his "no-nonsense approach" to his career such as his refusal to talk to rookies and walk away if a player answered his questions with cliches.[3]

Fisher said Habs legend Dickie Moore was his closest friend.[5]

Fisher was the longest-serving beat writer covering an NHL team. Over his career, he worked for ten editors and publishers, and won the Canadian National Newspaper Award three times.[4] His retirement was announced by Gazette publisher Alan Allnutt in a column on June 8, 2012.[6]

Fisher continued to write guest articles for the Gazette until his death.[5]

Death[edit | edit source]

Fisher died at the age of 91 on January 19, 2018.[7] His wife of 69 years, Tillie Fisher, died ten days prior.[3]

Awards and recognition[edit | edit source]

Books[edit | edit source]

  • Fisher, Red (15 October 1994). Hockey, Heroes and Me. McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 978-0-7710-3147-2. 

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Red's hockey reporting gets the gold; Red Fisher has covered 17 of Habs' Stanley Cup titles Boone, MikeView Profile. Star - Phoenix [Saskatoon, Sask] 28 Aug 2010: B.4.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Long-time Montreal Canadiens reporter Red Fisher dead at 91", Canadian Press
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Montreal Gazette sports reporter Red Fisher dies at 91. Montreal CTV News (19 January 2018). Retrieved on 19 January 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Red Fisher 1928-2018. The Atlantic (19 January 2018). Retrieved on 19 January 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fisher, Red Red Fisher: Remembering great friend and Habs legend Dickie Moore, dead at age 84 Montreal Gazette. December 20, 2015
  6. Allnutt, Alan. "Legendary Fisher Calls it a Career", 8 June 2012. 
  7. Remembering Red Fisher’s unmatched personality and flair. Sportsnet (19 January 2018). Retrieved on 19 January 2018.
  8. Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award Winners. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2006-11-11.
  9. Red Fisher (biography). International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2006-11-11.
  10. Order of Canada list announced. Globe & Mail. Retrieved on 2017-12-30.

External links[edit | edit source]

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