Carrie Underwood writes a heartfelt Instagram post to retiring husband Mike Fisher

Preds captain Fisher retires at 37

After an NHL season that saw him lead the Nashville Predators to the team's first-ever Stanley Cup Finals, Mike Fisher is announcing that he's retiring from professional hockey.

Fisher, 37, made his National Hockey League debut with the Ottawa Senators in 1999 and stayed with the team until 2011, when he was traded to the Predators, where he remained for the rest of his career. Fisher also registered 23-28-51 totals in 134 career playoff games over his time with Nashville and the Ottawa Senators.

Fisher played for the Ottawa Senators from the 1999-2000 campaign to the 2010-11 season, when they then traded him to the Predators.

Fisher was chosen the Predators' captain in September 2016.

Fisher said that coming so close to capturing the Stanley Cup this past season made the decision more trying, but that he still felt peace about retirement regardless.

The Predators will miss center Mike Fisher in many respects moving forward. He served last season as the Preds' sixth captain in franchise history, following Shea Weber, who was traded past year to Montreal for P.K. Subban. "Things change when you have kids and you have a family".

"But all those memories, like the moments in the locker room before Game 6 (against Pittsburgh), cherishing those is what I hope will keep me, this team and the city intertwined forever".

"This job I've been able to have for a majority of my life is so much fun", he said. "No one will be happier than I will be to see it happen, because, these fans, they deserve it".

"One of the toughest guys to play against in my opinion, game in and game out".

Defenseman Roman Josi, who will be going into his seventh season with the franchise, is a top candidate.

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