After an NHL season that saw him lead the Nashville Predators to the team’s first-ever Stanley Cup Finals, Mike Fisher is announcing that he’s retiring from professional hockey.
In an open letter published in The Tennessean, Fisher — who’s married to country music star Carrie Underwood — explains how he came to the difficult conclusion it was time to pack it in at age 37.
“This is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, but I know I’ve made the right one,” writes Fisher. “I’ve decided to retire from the NHL.”
He continues: “I kept praying for peace about the next step in my life. A peace that said this is God’s will for your future. A peace that said whether or not this was the right time to walk away.”
As he explains, his decision to retire didn’t come from a sudden epiphany but was something he’d been wrestling with for some time (his entire letter can be read right here).
“I don’t believe it came in a single instance or some aha moment, but as time passed,” he adds. “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.”
Underwood, 34, took to social media to send her hubby a sweet shoutout, admitting she’s going to miss watching him on the ice — but happy “to have you home a lot more.”
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. 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…We can't wait to cheer on the @predsnhl WITH you in the stands! #ThankYouSmashville #PredsFansForLife