Carrie Underwood is going to be seeing a lot more of her hokey-playing husband Mike Fisher. Mike has announced his retirement after 17 years in the NHL. The prominent Nashville Predators captain his hanging up his takes after Nashville’s almost Stanley Cup win last year.
Retirement has been on Mike’s mind this season, and he’d prayed to God to give him peace and a decision. He tells The Tennessean that he’s looking forward to spending more time with his family, and being a fan of the team he loves.
Closing a chapter like this – one that’s lasted 17 years – makes me think about the support I’ve received my whole life from my family, friends, even people I’ve never met that have prayed for me throughout my career. It’s impossible to thank every one of them, but I’ll try. I hope this letter shows some kind of gratitude to them, to the Ottawa Senators, to David Poile, who brought me to Nashville and put his faith in me, to the entire Nashville Predators organization, teammates, owners, coaches and trainers; the way they’ve treated me has always been with the utmost kindness.
I approached this season with the mindset that it could be my last, and now that it’s past, I’m looking forward to a future that includes a lot more time with my family. Things change when you have kids and you have a family. They’ve supported me without question, and now it’s my turn to return the favor.
A thank you here isn’t enough to say goodbye with, but all those memories, like the moments in the locker room before Game 6, cherishing those is what I hope will keep me, this team and the city intertwined forever.