Fisher on top of world

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

Mike Fisher is about to go on his second European vacation this season.

The Senators centre was among a group of 22 players -- including Ottawa blueliners Wade Redden and Chris Phillips -- who were named to Team Canada yesterday by GM Steve Tambellini for the upcoming world championship in Vienna.

While Fisher -- who played in Zug, Switzerland during this season's NHL lockout -- wasn't sure if he would get a chance to play for Canada, he didn't hesitate when he got an invite from Team Canada assistant GM Ken Holland over the weekend.

"I had heard my name being thrown around, but I wasn't sure it was going to happen for me," Fisher said yesterday. "This is something that is really exciting. It has always been a goal of mine to get a chance to play for Canada.

"I'm really looking forward to going over there and putting on the Canadian jersey. That's a special feeling to play for your country and it's something I've definitely always wanted to happen for my career. This should be fun."

Fisher was one of 12 forwards named to the Canadian roster by Tambellini. A spot is being kept open for a 13th forward -- possibly Edmonton's Shawn Horcoff.

Tambellini said Fisher, who will head to Calgary today for training camp, should expect to play a big role for Canada.

"I really like Mike Fisher because he's an up-tempo, in-your-face type of player. The thing I like about him is that he's all about competing. He's the type of guy that is not fun to play against," said Tambellini.

"He plays hard every night and I really don't think he gets enough credit for his speed and skating ability. I believe he's going to be excellent for us. I'm really excited to see how he's going to fit in by being part of this group."

The selections of Redden and Phillips didn't come as a surprise. Redden is one of 15 holdovers from the World Cup team that won the title last September, while Phillips received a call a couple of weeks ago.

"I'm excited to get a chance to play for my country. It's an honour to play for Canada," said Phillips, who will close out his season in Gavle, Sweden tomorrow and meet Team Canada in Halifax next week for an exhibition game. "This world championship is going to be interesting. There's obviously going to be some focus on these world championships because there wasn't any hockey played this year."

Redden, who has spent most of the lockout at his home in Edmonton, said he'll be ready despite not playing any hockey this season.

"I've really been pushing hard for the last five or six weeks to be prepared for this. I'm glad to get the opportunity because it will be a nice change of pace from what I've been doing because that can get old. I'm looking forward to getting to camp in Calgary," said Redden.

It should be noted Senators video co-ordinator Pierre Groulx of Orleans, will work in the same capacity for Canada.


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