Mike Fisher is out of the NHL. The 37-year-old hockey player broke the news to fans by publishing a letter in The Tennessean newspaper after an incredible 17 years in the game.
Just a few moments after his announcement, his wife, Carrie Underwood, took to Instagram to share a picture of him at the rink along with the caption: “Captain @mfisher1212, I sure am going to miss watching you play and cheering you on with the rest of Smashville, but I so look forward to seeing what God has in store for you in this next chapter of your life,” the 34-year-old singer wrote. “You’ve given your teammates and the game your all for so many years. You’ve worked so hard and made us all so proud!” Isaiah and I love you so much and are so excited to be able to have you home a lot more,” she continued. “We can’t wait to cheer on the @predsnhl WITH you in the stands! #ThankYouSmashville #PredsFansForLife”
In his letter, Fisher wrote, “This is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, but I know I’ve made the right one. I’ve decided to retire from the NHL. I gradually became certain that it was right for me to retire. I believe God gave me the ability to play hockey, and I was helped by dozens of individuals along the way, so it’s not just up to me on when it’s time to say goodbye. Endings are always tough, but I believe when something ends, there are new beginnings, new opportunities and new things to be excited for, too. 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. I believe that this team, that this city, is going to win a championship, and I’m going to be the biggest fan. No one will be happier than I will be to see it happen, because, these fans, they deserve it.”
While he didn’t win the Stanley Cup, he came close and – the Predators went all the way to the Finals this past June but lost 2-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7.