Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jiri Fischer
Hulking defenseman Jiri Fischer was born in the Czech Republic but headed to Quebec for his Junior career so he'd be better equipped to make the leap to the NHL. Fischer, who was the Detroit Red Wings first round draft choice in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, was ticketed to be a big part of their future on defense.

With a slapshot recorded at over 100 MPH, Fischer fired home 22 goals in his final year in the QMJHL, and his first year as a pro included 52 games in the NHL and a handful in the AHL with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks.

Fischer was able to contribute eight assists during his first season while Red Wing coach Scotty Bowman slowly eased the youngster into his veteran line up by giving him roughly ten minutes a game. His second campaign was much like his first with some time spent in the minors and 55 games with Detroit. Fischer scored his first goal in the NHL and once again added eight assists. In the summer of 2001 the Red Wings parted ways with veteran defenseman Larry Murphy and Todd Gill which made way for Fischer to become a full-time member of their defensive unit.

2001-02 saw Fischer suit up for 80 games while playing an expanded role with more minutes. Paired with three-time Norris Trophy winner Chris Chelios, the 6'5 defenseman scored two goals and eight assists helping the Red Wings roll to a President's Trophy as the league's top team in the regular season. Fischer had just five playoff games to his credit before he began the 2002 post-season where his steady play and hard shot helped the Wings capture their third Stanley Cup in six years.

In 2002-03, Fischer was limited to a mere 15 games, recovering from a knee injury before rebounding in 2003-04 with a career-high 19 points (4-15-19).

Following a year in the Czech League, Fischer returned to the NHL where on November 1st, 2005 in a home game against the Nashville Predators he suffered a heart seizure and collapsed on the Red Wing bench. Although Fischer was unconscious for six minutes, he was resuscitated by CPR and defibrillator before being taken to a Detroit hospital. The remainder of the game that night was cancelled, and made up in Janaury of 2006. Shortly after the incident Fischer was removed from hospital and was told by Doctors his heart was expereicing ventricular tachycardia, or ventricular fibrillation and was ordered to avoid all physcial activities for four to six weeks.

Jiri Fischer has not since returned to the ice.

On the international stage, Fischer represented his homeland at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and helped them win gold at the 2005 World Championship.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 HC Poldi Kladno Jr. CzRep-Jr. 39 6 10 16
1996-97 HC Poldi Kladno Jr. CzRep-Jr. 38 7 21 28
1996-97 Czech Republic EJC-A 6 0 1 1 8
1997-98 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 70 3 19 22 112 -18 11 1 4 5 16
1998-99 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 65 22 56 78 141 +11 23 6 17 23 44
1999-00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 0 8 8 45 +1
1999-00 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 7 0 2 2 10 -2
2000-01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 55 1 8 9 59 +3 5 0 0 0 9
2000-01 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 18 2 6 8 22 +6
2001-02 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 2 8 10 67 +17 22 3 3 6 30
2002-03 Detroit Red Wings NHL 15 1 5 6 16 0
2003-04 Detroit Red Wings NHL 81 4 15 19 75 0 11 1 0 1 16
2004-05 Czech Republic W-Cup 4 0 0 0 2 +5
2004-05 HC Bili Tygri Liberec CzRep 27 6 12 18 52 11 1 4 5 22
2004-05 HC Berounsti Medvedi Beroun CzRep-2 1 0 1 1 25
2004-05 Czech Republic WC-A 9 0 1 1 4 +5
2005-06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 22 3 5 8 33 +8
NHL Totals 305 11 49 60 295 38 4 3 7 55


QMJHL First All-Star Team (1999) Missed majority of 2002-03 due to knee injury vs. Nashville, November 12, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Liberec (CzRep), September 4, 2004. Missed remainder of 2005-06 season after collapsing on the bench due to a heart seizure in a game vs. Nashville, November 21, 2005.
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