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Carrie Underwood took to social media to pen a touching message to her husband, Fisher, following his retirement announcement Thursday morning (August 3).
“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,” Underwood captioned a photo of her husband. “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.”
Fisher shared the news of his retirement in a heartfelt letter published in The Tennessean.
“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,” 37-year old Fisher wrote. “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. I don’t believe it came in a single instance or some aha moment, but as time passed, I gradually became certain that it was right for me to retire.”
Fisher spent his last year in the NHL as team captain for the Nashville Predators where he led the team to the Stanley Cup finals. The 37-year old ended his 17 year NHL run with an impressive 276 goals and 309 assists in 1,088 regular-season games to his credit.
No doubt the Nashville Predators will miss Mike Fisher, but we’re sure this isn’t the last we’ll see of the hockey star.
“I’m looking forward to a future that includes a lot more time with my family,” says Fisher. 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.”
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