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JIRI FISCHER
Jiri Fischer
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Vitals: 6’5” / 210 lbs.
Birthdate: July 31, 1980
Hometown: Horovice, Czech Republic
Acquired: Selected in Round 1 (No. 25 overall) in 1998 draft
Team: Hull (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)
CSS Ranking: No. 9 among North American skaters
Departed: 2006 (retired, heart ailment)

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HISTORY AND HIGHLIGHTS
Many thought Fischer would be a top-15 pick, but the Red Wings, coming off a Stanley Cup win, stole him at 26th overall … Cracked Red Wings’ roster full-time as a 19-year-old in 1999-00 … Developed into Detroit’s No. 3 defenseman for their 2002 Stanley Cup run … Serious knee injury derailed his development in 2002-03 and he struggled to get back on track … Poised for breakthrough in 2005 when he collapsed on Detroit’s bench in a game on Nov. 21, going into cardiac arrest before being resuscitated … The specific ailment that caused his collapse is unknown, but he hasn’t played since … Hired as Detroit’s director of player development in 2007.

RWC SCOUTING EXCERPTS
Powerful skater with huge stride … Great size, strength and reach … Joins the rush without sacrificing defensive play … Armed with a great first pass … Booming shot … Nasty streak … Capable of being a punishing hitter, but needs to make a more consistent physical impact … Needs to evolve offensively to be a true top-pairing defenseman.

RWC SCOUT QUOTES
“Jiri moves the puck very well. I guess you’d call him a poor man’s Chris Pronger. We’ve very, very happy we got him. We’re not saying we’re smarter than anyone else (for drafting him), but we liked him. Maybe we’re wrong. We think we’re right. We’ll find out in three or four years.” — Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill (1998) … “He’s got everything you want in a player: excellent size, mobility, great character. He’s our future investment.” — Nill (1999).

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 1995-1996 HC Kladno U20 Czech U20 39 6 10 16 - |          
 1996-1997 HC Kladno U20 Czech U20 38 7 21 28 - |          
  Czech Republic U18 EJC-18 6 1 0 1 8 |          
 1997-1998 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 70 3 19 22 112 | Playoffs 11 1 4 5 16 
 1998-1999 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 65 22 56 78 141 | Playoffs 23 6 17 23 44 
 1999-2000 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 0 8 8 45 |          
  Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 7 0 2 2 10 |          
 2000-2001 Detroit Red Wings NHL 55 1 8 9 59 | Playoffs 5 0 0 0
  Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 18 2 6 8 22 |          
 2001-2002 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 2 8 10 67 | Playoffs 22 3 3 6 30 
 2002-2003 Detroit Red Wings NHL 15 1 5 6 16 |          
 2003-2004 Detroit Red Wings NHL 81 4 15 19 75 | Playoffs 11 1 0 1 16 
  Czech Republic WCup 4 0 0 0 2 |          
  Czech Republic (all) International 4 0 0 0 2 |          
 2004-2005 Bili Tygri Liberec Czech 27 6 12 18 52 | Playoffs 11 1 4 5 22 
  HC Berounsti Medvedi Czech2 1 0 1 1 25 |          
  Czech Republic EHT 5 0 0 0 6 |          
  Czech Republic WC 9 0 1 1 4 |          
  Czech Republic (all) International 20 0 1 1 39 |          
 2005-2006 Detroit Red Wings NHL 22 3 5 8 33 |          

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