Carrie Underwood’s husband Mike Fisher makes a life-changing announcement Instagram/@carrieunderwood

Carrie Underwood’s husband, NHL star Mike Fisher, is retiring from the game after 17 years on the ice.

He made the announcement in a heartfelt open letter published in Nashville’s “Tennessean” newspaper on August 3. The move comes after his team, the Nashville Predators, nearly clinched the Stanley Cup in the NHL finals this season. Mike admits coming so close to winning the title makes it more difficult to walk away.

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He writes, “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.”

Mike also writes about the incredible support the Predators felt from the fans in Nashville during their Stanley Cup run. He says he’ll cherish the memories of playing for those fans for the rest of his life.

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“I approached this season with the mindset that it could be my last, and now that it’s past, I’m looking forward to a future that includes a lot more time with my family,” Mike says. “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.”

Carrie and Mike’s son Isaiah is already enjoying his dad’s retirement. Carrie just posted this picture of father and son hanging out with some barnyard animals on a trip to a local farm.

Carrie writes, “Love these farm boys!!! We went out to #LuckyLaddFarms today! What a sweet place …Isaiah had a blast!”

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