Fisher would love Oly experience

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

There was a silver lining in the medal Mike Fisher earned with Team Canada in Switzerland. Now, he could get a shot at Olympic gold.

The Senators centre was happy to be back in town when he landed at Ottawa International Airport late yesterday. He's hopeful his performance at the world championship will be enough to earn him a trip to Calgary for Team Canada's Olympic summer camp from Aug. 24-28.

Coming off a 2-1 loss to Russia in the final Sunday, Fisher was weary after being overseas for three weeks. But he's buoyed that he got a chance to make an impression on Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman.

"To get an invite (to the Olympic tryout) would be an honour," said Fisher. "It's going to be a very hard team to make. There are so many great players. Who knows? If I could fit in, it would be awesome."

Fisher, who will celebrate his 29th birthday on June 5, is coming off a difficult season with the Senators. He had 32 points in 78 games and struggled defensively.

But, at the world championship, Fisher was one of Canada's top players and was given a big role by coach Lindy Ruff. Fisher finished the tournament playing on an energy line with Edmonton's Shawn Horcoff and New Jersey's Travis Zajac.

HARD-NOSED EFFORT

On Canada's Olympic team, there could be room for a player like Fisher, who brings a hard-nosed effort every night, and was given the chance by Ruff to play in different situations.

"It was good for me the last few weeks because I was able to play wing and different roles," said Fisher. "They're deep in every position. You've got a lot of different people that can play different types of games."

Fisher, who is heading back to his summer home in Peterborough later this week, said losing to the Russians was "disappointing." It's the second time he's had the chance to play in the tournament (after having taken part in 2005).

The Canadians were stymied by Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who made 38 saves to give Russia its second straight gold. While many players look at the tournament as a way to extend the season, Fisher had a different perspective.

"To come that far and to get that close with the group of guys that we have is disappointing," said Fisher. "We worked hard. We had a lot of fun as a group. To know that we played pretty well -- especially in the second and third period -- so it was frustrating.

"For someone like me, who knows when I will ever get the chance to play for Team Canada again? Nothing compares (to losing) the (Stanley) Cup (final in 2007). This was different. You never like to lose and especially when a gold medal is on the line. It was a big deal. No question."


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