Q&A with Mark Fistric

By Kevin Forbes

In the world of sport, heroes and villains are made in the blink of an eye. A small event can follow a player for what seems like eternity, whether it’s a game-winning goal, a highlight reel save or a moment of reckless play.

An incident that will follow him might have occurred for Vancouver Giant defenseman Mark Fistric in the semi-final match up of the 2006 MasterCard Memorial Cup. In the final minute of the game against the Moncton Wildcats, the Dallas Stars prospect leveled opposing goaltender Josh Tordjman with a hit out of nowhere. Tordjman was trying to pull teammate Jerome Samson away from a tussle with Vancouver forward J.D. Watt (CGY), when Fistric, interpreting this as a third man entering the fray, skated in from the blue line and flattened the netminder with a hit to the shoulder. Whether or not this incident will follow Fistric remains to be seen, however it stands as his last act on the ice as a junior player.

Fistric was chosen in the first round by the Dallas Stars in 2004. A native of Edmonton Alberta, Fistric is blessed with impressive size (6’3, 230lbs) and uses it with abandon, occasionally crossing the line. In 60 regular season games in the WHL, Fistric scored seven goals and had a total of 29 points, along with 144 penalty minutes. Meanwhile, in the playoffs, he had a goal and ten points, with 30 penalty minutes in 18 games. Finally, in Memorial Cup competition, Fistric was held without a point in five games of play.

The captain of the Vancouver Giants, Fistric is described by head coach Don Hay as