By James Murphy
Growing up in one of Canada’s most historic cities, Kingston, Ontario, Sean Fisher aspired to be a history teacher and that’s why he majored in History at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. Fisher also loved hockey like any good Canadian does but since Sudbury didn’t have a varsity team, he played at the club level. As he realized that maybe a career as a history professor wasn’t going to happen, Fisher discovered a way he could combine both his passion for teaching and for hockey and started to coach as an Assistant Coach with the Sudbury Wolves Bantam AAA team.
After a successful season with the Wolves, in which six of his players went on to get drafted into the OHL, Fisher knew he had found his calling and headed home to Kingston following graduation, landing a job with a local girls team, the Kingston Ice Wolves Midget team. Fisher immediately loved the learning environment of girls hockey and was on the move again, this time to Winnipeg where he took a job as a hockey instructor with the Canlan Ice Sports. That led to coaching gigs with Shaftsbury High School and the Winnipeg East Saints girls AAA Midget team. Fisher’s hard work and coaching got noticed by the University of Winnipeg Women’s head coach Jon Rempel and before he knew it, Fisher was an Assistant Coach on Rempel’s staff, learning video editing, coaching the special teams and helping the team to two 19-win seasons, a No.4 National ranking and the second best power play, which was the architect of.
Through the small world that hockey is, Shamrocks Owner and General Manager Bob Rotondo found Fisher and brought him to Wilmington to become the new Director Of Hockey Operations. Fisher is already hard at work recruiting for the Shamrocks and he couldn’t be more excited to start working with his new players. “I’m excited to get started!” Fisher exclaimed. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t itching for the first of September and to get into some games. But the thing we talk about a lot here is building ‘People. Culture. Brand.’ Those are the pillars that we value most in the organization. And furthering those ideals is my most important goal now that I’m here with the Shamrocks.”
One of the reasons, Fisher stayed on the girls side of hockey was what he termed an eagerness to learn. “I really like the eagerness to learn from the female side of the game,” Fisher said. “Their willingness to learn. Their desire to get better. They’re far more receptive to feedback I find.”
That is why communication will be a key element of Fisher’s approach with the Shamrocks. “It’s a two-way street,” Fisher said. “The thing I always tell players is, I’m going to ask you questions; I’m going to prod you and I’m going to try and get what I can out of you, but I’m also not a mind reader. So if there’s something going on. ..any good coach is going to build dialogue with their players early and often and maintain that throughout the season and that’s the goal for myself and our entire staff.”
But one of the most important things Fisher plans to convey to his players here in Boston is that he is not only here to make them better hockey players but also to help them mature into well-rounded young women. “We’re building positive young women to go to make the move into society, more so than we’re building hockey players,” Fisher said.