Hailing from Irma, Alberta, the opportunity for Reagan Fischer to come back home and compete for CWHL’s Team Alberta franchise would bring her career full circle. Having declared for the 2013 CWHL Draft, she competed with the Dartmouth Big Green of the Ivy League. Fischer is an articulate and intelligent individual with the maturity to succeed at the next level of women’s hockey.
The versatility in her game was cultivated while competing for the Big Green. Developing into a solid two-way player, it is a component of her game that will be invaluable against some of the high-scoring CWHL offences such as Boston and Montreal.
Her courage in blocking shots and helping to lead special teams units led to her being the co-recipient of the ECAC conference Best Defensive Forward Award twice (in 2011 and 2012). Such skill provides her with the character to possibly become a future captain in the making for the CWHL (a role she already employed at Dartmouth).
While at Dartmouth, she made an impact early on in her career. Her NCAA debut resulted in her first career goal (scored against Princeton) while accumulating 26 points as a freshman. She would lead all freshmen in two offensive categories while earning Big Green Rookie of the Year honors. Her impressive rookie campaign resulted in an invitation to Hockey Canada’s conditioning camp. In later years, she would be invited to the Hockey Canada Under-22 training camp.
Her final season with the Big Green resulted in several milestones. In a December 9, 2012 win against Maine, she assisted on Jenna Hobeika’s goal for career point No. 100. It would make Fischer the 35th player in program history to reach the century mark.
Of note, the final points of her career came on February 23, 2013 against the St. Lawrence Skating Saints with one goal and one assist. At season’s end, she would be recognized as Team MVP while earning co-Offensive Player of the Year. In addition, she was a Second-Team All-Ivy.
Fischer also took time to give back to the community during her playing career at Dartmouth. She volunteered in the Learn to Skate Program (pioneered by former Dartmouth player and current CWHL coach Mariel Lacina) on Occom Pond.
Having accumulated 123 career points with the Big Green, she brings a scoring touch that is sorely needed for Team Alberta. During the 2012-13 CWHL season, the squad ranked last in goals scored, while its power play sorely lacked punch. With her abilities on special teams, Fischer would be a significant upgrade.
For aficionados of Alberta women’s hockey, Fischer’s legend began in her teens. As a Most Valuable Player with Lloydminster of the Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League, the results of her career speak for themselves. She helped the squad win the league title in 2007, while capturing the scoring title in 2008, respectively.
Should Alberta claim Fischer in the 2013 CWHL Draft, Fischer’s leadership will compensate for the loss of three of the squad’s members to Hockey Canada’s Centralization Camp. In anticipation of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, Jocelyne Larocque, Meaghan Mikkelson and Tara Watchorn have been invited to Centralization in the hopes of earning a roster spot.
As Alberta shall begin the 2013-14 season with sponsorship from the Calgary Flames, it will be a season beginning with strong momentum. An infusion of new and exciting players such as Fischer (if selected) may possibly lead to an even happier ending, as the third-year franchise aims for their first ever berth in the Clarkson Cup playoffs.