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Predators captain Mike Fisher retiring from NHL after 17 seasons

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Mike Fisher (Photo credit: John Russell / Nashville Predators) Mike Fisher (Photo credit: John Russell / Nashville Predators)
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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher has announced he will be retiring from the NHL.

Fisher spent 17 seasons in the NHL and became the captain of the Predators last fall, replacing Shea Weber.

Fisher was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the second round of the 1998 NHL Draft. He stayed with the team until he was traded to the Predators in 2011. He made his first Stanley Cup Playoff debut in 2001.

Fisher is married to country music star Carrie Underwood. The pair had their son, Isaiah, in 2015.

Fisher wrote a letter, published by The Tennessean, explaining his decision. It reads, in part:

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. 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.

Fans are being asked to share their well-wishes to Fisher on his retirement. Click here to share congratulations or a favorite memory.

Underwood posted this tribute to her husband on Instagram:

From Predators Chairman, Governor & Owner Tom Cigarran:

He was a great hockey player, a great leader and an even better person.

From Predators President & CEO Sean Henry:

Six years ago, when we traded for Mike Fisher, I knew we were getting an impact player to help propel us through the playoffs. What I never realized - despite all the things I'd read about him - is what an impactful person we were bringing to Nashville, and that the ripples we would feel off of that trade would pay dividends for decades to come. The effect that he's had, not just on his teammates and the Hockey Operations staff, but throughout the whole organization, is truly incredible.

We can't work with a charity in this town where his fingerprints haven't been placed on it before our arrival. The position he's given all of us, the power behind our [Nashville Predators] Foundation, behind our community efforts, but more importantly, the way he lived his life gave a model for so many people. If you just got a glimpse of him, whether it be from training camp to walking through the offices, to how he carried himself around town, his impact has been so much greater than just our remarkable impactful run this past year.

From Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette:

I'm going to miss working with Mike. He did an excellent job of leading our club both on and off the ice in such an important year of transition. His character, passion and honesty were on display every day. He embodies the definition of what a leader and captain should be.

He was fearless with how he played the game. Every night, he gave everything he had. He set an example for everyone else to follow. It's hard not to love him as a player and a person. He is the ultimate role model. I am thankful for the opportunity to share the times we did.

From Predators General Manager David Poile:

When I think of Mike Fisher I think of 'team.' When I'm building a team, I think of Mike Fisher. I think Mike Fisher could play in any era of the National Hockey League because of the way he played the game; purposely, honestly and hard. Every game. When you're finding a definition of a pro hockey player, Mike Fisher's name should be a part of that definition.

Stay with News 4 for updates on this developing story.

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