I had a feeling this was going to happen. This morning I turned on the news to see that Nashville Predators’ team captain, Mike Fisher, announced his retirement. Fisher, who is sometimes affectionately referred to as “Mr. Underwood” as the husband of Country Music Superstar, Carrie Underwood, has decided to hang up the skates after 17 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL).
Fisher started his NHL career with the Ottawa Senators in 1999. In 2010 he was traded to the Nashville Predators.
Fisher was named the team captain to start the 2016-17 season and led the team to their first Stanley Cup finals where they came up short to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.
The reason I said I had a feeling this was coming could have been when Fisher sustained an injury in the Western Conference Finals against the Anaheim Ducks. He did not complete that series and when he came on the ice to accept the Western Conference trophy, he didn’t look good. It seemed that the injury was more serious than they reported. He also struggled to score in the playoffs as he went scoreless and only recorded four assists but those four assists were huge and at pivotal points in the game.
Fisher played seven seasons with the Predators, scoring 237 points on 109 goals and 128 assists. In 11 seasons with the Senators, he recorded 167 goals along with 181 assists.
In the past few seasons, Fisher was the diplomat of the Predators and one of the stable figures of the franchise as the Predators continued to rise as one of the top teams in the NHL.
Fisher was a competitor but he always had the right perspective on life.
“Everyone wants to win in this game, no one probably more than me. But there’s other things. At the end of the day, this is a game. It’s an important part of my life, but it’s not everything.”
For me, the most exciting goal by Fisher was the triple-overtime winner in Game 4 against the San Jose Sharks in the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs. You can see the goal here: Mike Fisher Game Winner.
Mike Fisher is one of the classiest players in the NHL. The game will miss his presence. He’s a man of integrity, family and faith.