Mike Fisher is opening up about family.
The NHL star penned a new blog for Derek Jeter’s The Players’ Tribune, getting candid about being traded from the Ottawa Senators to the Nashville Predators in 2011 and what it meant for his marriage to Carrie Underwood.
Fisher describes being “crushed” to get the news that he was being traded after more than a decade of playing for the Sens — until he learned that the team owner had consciously chosen to send him to Nashville to be with Underwood. The couple had tied the knot less than one year earlier.
“Talk about some life-changing words,” he writes. “I could have been going to 28 other cities, but I was actually going to Nashville, where I could finally be with my wife full-time.”
The pair’s newlywed year was spent splitting time between Ottawa and Nashville. “It wasn’t easy,” Fisher adds. “I knew I was incredibly blessed to be going to Nashville.”
“They could have traded me anywhere, but they were genuinely looking out for me and my family. That’s what makes hockey such a special sport, even at the NHL level,” he muses. “Yes, it’s a business, but the amount of good human beings I’ve run across in this sport is just incredible.”
Today, Fisher serves as captain of the Predators and he hopes to share his love of hockey with his and Underwood’s 2-year-old son, Isaiah.
“Being in a stable situation in Nashville allowed Carrie and I to start our own family,” he says. “Our son, Isaiah, was born last February. He doesn’t really understand what Daddy does yet, but if my good friend Matt Cullen’s kids are any indication, he’s going to be a huge hockey fan.
“Hopefully I can keep playing long enough for my son to watch me and really understand the game, and what it means for me to wear the C in Nashville,” the 36-year-old continues. “I don’t know, though. He’s only 21 months old, so I’m going to have to figure out what kind of training regimen [Jaromír Jagr, 45] is on.”
Fisher concludes his post by sharing a personal anecdote from his parents.
“I didn’t know this until later on, but a full two weeks before I was traded to Nashville, my mom and dad were talking in the kitchen one night, and like I said, [the team was] struggling. I wasn’t having a good season, but my mom — always the voice of reason in our house — called it,” he writes.
“‘Well,’ she said. ‘Maybe this is the Lord’s way of having Mike traded to Nashville so he can be with Carrie.'”
ET recently caught up with the “Dirty Laundry” singer herself, and she revealed that Fisher is already teaching the couple’s son to skate!
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