Fans of Nashville’s NHL hockey team, the Predators, were thrilled with the team’s conference championship last season, but were also heartbroken when team captain Mike Fisher, husband of country star Carrie Underwood, announced that it was his final season of play. Not only was Mike a great player, he was also an inspiring athlete and leader whose open profession of faith and commitment to family made him a joy to watch on and off the ice. And although Preds fans would have loved another year from the hockey star, it sounds like we could have actually lost him a season sooner.
In an interview with “In His Grip TV,” Mike confesses that he had considered retiring the summer before the 2016-2017 season.
“Last summer I actually considered retirement. Not too many people know that, but just because I had hardly seen my family,” he says. Between Mike’s rigorous practice and game schedule, and Carrie’s ambitious “Storyteller Tour,” the three had little time together as a family.
In typical fashion, Mike turned to heavenly guidance. He says, “I was really praying about it, and I was trying to figure it all out and one of my good friends gave me some really good advice because I was kind of wrestling with it. He said, ‘If you’re really confident that the Lord is going to show you what to do and it’s His decision, then what are you worried about? What are you wrestling with? He’s going to show you, there’s no question. Just have that confidence and faith.’ And we were praying on the way to the rink the next day, actually, that God would just kind of show and reveal his plan and, sure enough, that morning during a workout, He just spoke to me and it was very clear that I needed to be back for another year. Two weeks later they asked me if I’d be the captain.”
It wasn’t the first time that Mike and his family had turned to God when it came to his NHL career. In an effort to rebuild after a lackluster year, Mike’s former team, the Ottawa Senators, traded the handsome young center.
Surely it was divine intervention, though, since the lucky hockey city that was the recipient of this upstanding man in the trade was Nashville.
Although we’re still waiting for an official announcement of Mike’s future career plans, we’re thrilled that he and his little family are able to get some much needed time together.