Red Fisher (journalist)
Saul "Red" Fisher, CM (22 August 1926 – 19 January 2018) was a Canadian sports journalist who wrote about the National Hockey League and the Montreal Canadiens in his newspaper column. Fisher received the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award in 1985. He was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1999, and became a Member of the Order of Canada (CM) in 2017.
Fisher in December 2009
22 August 1926
|Died||19 January 2018(aged 91)|
(m. 1948; died 2018)
Fisher began his hockey reporting for The Montreal Star on 17 March 1955, the night of the Richard Riot. He remained as writer and sports editor until the Star's demise in 1979. He then joined the Montreal Gazette as sports editor (for a short time), where his columns continued to appear.
He covered the Montreal Canadiens when they won five Stanley Cups in a row in the 1950s, and during their dynasty years in the 1960s and 1970s. Fisher said Habs legend Dickie Moore was his closest friend. He was also at the 1972 Summit Series between NHL players and the Soviet national team. Fisher was known 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.
Fisher was the longest-serving beat writer to cover an NHL team. Over his career, he worked for ten editors and publishers, and won the Canadian National Newspaper Award three times. His retirement was announced by Gazette publisher Alan Allnutt in a column on 8 June 2012. He continued to write guest articles for the Gazette until his death.
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