Red Fisher (journalist)

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Red Fisher
Red Fisher.jpg
Fisher in December 2009
Born Saul Fisher
(1926-08-22)August 22, 1926
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died January 19, 2018(2018-01-19) (aged 91)
Occupation Sports journalist
Years active 1955–2012
Spouse(s) Tillie Fisher (m. 1948; d. 2018)

Saul "Red" Fisher, CM (August 22, 1926 – January 19, 2018) was a Canadian sports journalist who wrote about the National Hockey League and the Montreal Canadiens in his newspaper column. Fished received the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award in 1985, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.[1] He was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1999,[2] and became a Member of the Order of Canada (CM) in 2017.[3]


Fisher was born in Montreal in 1926 and was given the nickname "Red" for the colour of his hair as a young man.[4]

Fisher began his hockey reporting for The Montreal Star on March 17, 1955, the night of the Richard Riot.[5] He remained as writer and sports editor until the Star's demise in 1979.[5] He then joined the Montreal Gazette as sports editor (for a short time), where his columns continued to appear.[6]

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.[7] Fisher said Habs legend Dickie Moore was his closest friend.[8] He was also at the 1972 Summit Series between NHL players and the Soviet national team.[6] 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.[6]

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.[7] His retirement was announced by Gazette publisher Alan Allnutt in a column on June 8, 2012.[9] He continued to write guest articles for the Gazette until his death.[8]

Fisher died at the age of 91 on January 19, 2018.[10] His wife of 69 years, Tillie Fisher, had died ten days earlier.[6]



  1. ^ "Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award Winners". Hockey Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 30 December 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2006. 
  2. ^ "Red Fisher (biography)". International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2006-11-11. 
  3. ^ "Order of Canada list announced". Globe & Mail. Retrieved 2017-12-30. 
  4. ^ Red's hockey reporting gets the gold; Red Fisher has covered 17 of Habs' Stanley Cup titles Boone, MikeView Profile. Star - Phoenix [Saskatoon, Sask] 28 Aug 2010: B.4.
  5. ^ a b "Long-time Montreal Canadiens reporter Red Fisher dead at 91", Canadian Press
  6. ^ a b c d "Montreal Gazette sports reporter Red Fisher dies at 91". Montreal CTV News. 19 January 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2018. 
  7. ^ a b "Red Fisher 1928-2018". The Athletic. 19 January 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2018. 
  8. ^ a b Fisher, Red Red Fisher: Remembering great friend and Habs legend Dickie Moore, dead at age 84 Montreal Gazette. December 20, 2015
  9. ^ Allnutt, Alan (8 June 2012). "Legendary Fisher Calls it a Career". The Gazette. Montreal. 
  10. ^ "Remembering Red Fisher's unmatched personality and flair". Sportsnet. 19 January 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2018. 

External links

  • Montreal Gazette: Red Fisher, accessed 11 November 2006
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