Carrie Underwood’s husband, pro hockey player Mike Fisher, is officially returning to the ice this week, and he’s getting a paid a pretty penny for his services.

According to “The Tennessean,” Mike’s new contract with the Nashville Predators is worth $1 million. They signed the new deal on Monday, Feb. 26, which was the last day Mike could join the team’s active roster in order to be eligible to play this season.

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Mike is expected to make his debut this week as the Predators play four games on the road against the Winnipeg Jets. That run of games starts on Tuesday.

You’ll recall that Mike decided to retire from the NHL after 17 seasons last year. As the team captain for the Preds, he led the team to a second place finish in the Stanley Cup Finals. It was the first time the Predators had gotten that far in the finals, and after retiring Mike started to feel like he had some unfinished business.

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Earlier this year, Mike announced his plans to return to the ice to help the Predators go after that Stanley Cup win in whatever way he can. He began practicing withe the team on Feb. 12 and will be part of the Preds for the rest of this season.

“The Tennessean” reports that Mike will start out as the Predators’ fourth-line center, and will most likely “play limited minutes at even strength as a defensive specialist and contribute on special teams when needed.”

During an earlier press conference announcing his return to the Predators, Mike made it clear that Carrie is in full support of his decision to come out of retirement. He said, “Carrie kept asking me almost every day what I was going to do. She wanted me to do it. She’s usually right.”

Carrie continued her big support with a tweet saying, “Fish is back! So proud of you, baby! We want the cup!!!”

Mike is very excited to be back in his element in the hockey arena. Just check out the big smile on his face in this post for proof.

He says in the caption, “I guess the smile says it all. As I was driving to the rink yesterday I couldn’t help but laugh and smile. It felt like driving home, to be honest! Sometimes God has surprises or blessings we don’t see coming, and for this I’m grateful! I’m so blessed to have to the opportunity to join a great group of men and play for a team and city I love! Thanks to my wife and family for supporting me all the way! Now it’s time to WIN!! #preds #smashville.”

Good luck this week, Mike. We know Carrie and the entire city of Nashville will be cheering you on!

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Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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