Pro hockey player, Mike Fisher, has announced his retirement from hockey in a heartfelt letter to fans.
The 37-year-old Nashville Predators captain placed the letter in The Tennessean newspaper yesterday, saying that he won’t be returning to the ice next season. He said, “This is the hardest decision I've ever had to make, but I know I've made the right one… 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...”
His team went to the Stanley Cup Finals in June, but lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-0 in Game 7 after a hard-fought series. He wrote, "Knowing we were so close to winning it all in June only makes it more difficult to leave it behind, but I do so with hope. Endings are always tough, but I believe when something ends, there are new beginnings, new opportunities and new things to be excited for, too.”
Fisher says he plans to focus on spending time with his wife, singer Carrie Underwood, and their 2-year-old son, Isaiah. He said, “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 Underwood posted a message of support, writing:
“I so look forward to seeing what God has in store for you in this next chapter of your life. 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.”