Former Natives netminder ends junior 'A' career after concussion-filled season


By: Lanny Stewart

Former Neepawa Natives goaltender Davy Fisher has decided to stop playing junior hockey after a concussion-filled season played a key role in derailing his once promising career in the sport.

Fisher, 20, plans to attend the University of Ottawa in the fall, instead of playing his overage season with the Superior International Junior Hockey League’s English River Miners. The club acquired his rights from the Natives in a trade in June.

Fisher was acquired by the Natives in January 2013 just prior to the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s trade deadline and looked to be the Natives No. 1 netminder for the foreseeable future. However, the Kenora, Ont. product would suffer a pelvic tilt injury which caused him to miss several games that season and this past year, he ended up suffering two concussions, limiting him to only 11 games of action between the pipes with the junior ‘A’ club.

“If things in the past had gone better, hockey this year would be a little more realistic,” Fisher told “But starting as an 18-year-old out east with high hopes and suffering major injuries the past two seasons gives a bitter taste in my mouth.

“But on the same note, I’m excited to see what the future holds in Ottawa,” he continued with a smile.

Fisher, who says he’s been free of concussion symptoms for a while now, plans to take commerce with a major in finance while in Ottawa.

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