Habs beat legend Red Fisher retires at 85

By: Jeff Blay, Executive Editor
@JeffBlay

The retirement of Red Fisher, Montreal Canadiens beat legend for the Montreal Gazette, was announced on Friday, June 8.

The 85-year-old has been covering the Habs since 1955. He was honoured in The Hockey News‘ ‘Hockey’s Most Amazing Records’ book, which came out in the fall of 2011, for being the longest serving beat writer to cover one NHL team.

I was lucky enough to briefly speak with Fisher in April 2011 while assisting The Hockey News in writing some of the snippets from the book, including Fisher’s part.

When asked what has kept him interested in covering the same team for so many years, Fisher answered:

“When you’ve covered a team for 17 of their 24 Stanley Cups, it’s a labor of love.”

When asked about his future plans/the possibility of retirement, Fisher’s answer shows the decision was not yet made:

“I was 27 when I took over the beat prior to the 1955-56 season (the first of five consecutive Cups.) I planned to retire at age 55. I’m now 84, so who knows?” – Red Fisher in April 2011

Fisher now has the answer to that question. He will certainly be missed by not only Habs fans and members of the Montreal media, but many throughout the entire hockey world.

TSN’s Bob MacKenzie was one of many to acknowledge Fisher via Twitter this moring:

“On occasion of Red Fisher retiring from Montreal Gazette, a few observations: no one, and I mean no one, could write a game story like Red.”

Fisher’s retirement was announced by Gazette publisher Alan Allnutt in a column on June 8, 2012.

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