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Mike Fisher
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Born June 5, 1980 (1980-06-05) (age 39)
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 217 lb (98 kg; 15 st 7 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
Played for Ottawa Senators
Nashville Predators
EV Zug
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 44th overall, 1998
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 1999–2017

Mike Fisher (born Michael Andrew Fisher on June 5, 1980) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey centre.

He played for the Ottawa Senators and the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL) over 17 seasons and 1,088 games.

Playing CareerEdit

JuniorEdit

Mike grew up playing hockey in the Peterborough Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) with the rep Minor Petes program. He was drafted from Jr. A Peterborough Petes (OHA) by the Sudbury Wolves in the second round (22nd overall) in the 1997 OHL Priority Draft.

After putting up 49 points in 66 games in his first year with the Wolves, Mike was drafted in the second round (44th overall) by the Ottawa Senators in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Returning to the OHL for one more season, he recorded 106 points, fifth overall in league scoring.

Ottawa Senators (1999-2001)Edit

Mike debuted with the Senators in 1999–2000 and recorded 9 points in an injury-shortened 32-game rookie season. He became known for his aggressive style of play and began to also show his penchant for offensive production as he improved to 18 goals and 38 points in his fourth season in 2002–03.

During the lock-out year of 2004–05, Mike played overseas for EV Zug in the Swiss Nationalliga A. As NHL play resumed the next season in the 2005–06 season, he emerged with 22 goals and 44 points, providing valuable secondary scoring for the Spezza-Heatley-Alfredsson line.

He helped the Senators to a first seed in the Eastern Conference going into the playoffs, but they were defeated by the fourth-seeded division rivals Buffalo Sabres in five games in the second round.

With a career-high plus-minus (+/-) rating of +23 in the regular season, Mike was nominated for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward. He finished as second runner-up behind Jere Lehtinen of the Dallas Stars and trophy-winner Rod Brind'Amour, (the captain of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes).

The following season, Mike duplicated his previous campaign's goals total with 22 and improved to a personal best 26 assists and 48 points. He was kept to 68 games due to a left knee injury, sustained on December 27, 2006, against the New York Islanders, forcing him to sit out four weeks.

In the playoffs, he helped the Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals, where they fell short to the Anaheim Ducks in five games. Fisher posted career playoff highs with 5 goals, 5 assists and 10 points in 20 games.

With one year left on his contract heading into the 2007–08 season, Mike re-signed with the Senators to a five-year, $21 million contract extension. He went on to set a career-high 23 goals that season, but he was forced to miss the playoffs, injuring his left knee in a knee-on-knee hit from Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mark Bell in the final game of the regular season.

A month and a half into the 2008–09 season, Mike suffered from another knee injury, straining a ligament in his right knee against the New York Islanders on November 17, 2008.

Nashville Predators (2011-2017)Edit

On February 10, 2011, Mike was traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for the Predators' 2011 first round draft pick (Stefan Noesen) and a conditional pick in 2012. The condition was that should the Predators were to win a playoff series, the Senators would receive a third-round pick and a second round pick if the Predators won two or more playoff series.

The Predators won their first round playoff, but they ultimately lost their second round series, meaning the Senators received a third-round pick. According to Mike, although there were many trade deals for him, Ottawa GM Bryan Murray and Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk had chosen to accept Nashville's offer so that he could be closer to his wife, Carrie Underwood.

On February 12, 2011, Mike played his first game with the Predators on February 12, 2011, and scored an assist in a 5–3 win over the Colorado Avalanche. He scored his first goal as a Predator five days later, on February 17, against the Vancouver Canucks.

He was the winner of the 2012 NHL Foundation Player Award (awarded to the NHL player who applies the core values of hockey: commitment, perseverance and teamwork to enrich the lives of people in his community).

On June 26, 2015, just prior to becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, Mike signed a two-year, $8.8 million contract extension with the Predators, paying $4.8 million in 2015–16 and $4 million in 2016–17.

On May 5, 2016, he scored with 8:48 left in triple overtime in game four of the Western Conference Semi-finals to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3, to tie the series at two games all.

On September 7, 2016, Mike was named the sixth captain of the Nashville Predators after the previous captain, Shea Weber was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defenseman P.K. Subban. He led the Predators to the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals eventually losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.

On August 3, 2017, he announced his retirement from the NHL via a letter addressed to Predators fans in that day's edition of The Tennessean, becoming the first Predators captain to retire with the team.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Peterborough Bees OJHL 51 26 30 56 56
1997–98 Sudbury Wolves OHL 66 24 24 49 64 9 2 2 4 13
1998–99 Sudbury Wolves OHL 66 41 65 106 55 4 2 1 3 4
1999–00 Ottawa Senators NHL 32 4 5 9 15
2000–01 Ottawa Senators NHL 60 7 12 19 46 4 0 1 1 4
2001–02 Ottawa Senators NHL 58 15 9 24 55 10 2 1 3 0
2002–03 Ottawa Senators NHL 74 18 20 38 54 18 2 2 4 16
2003–04 Ottawa Senators NHL 24 4 6 10 39 7 1 0 1 4
2004–05 EV Zug NLA 21 9 18 27 39 9 2 3 5 20
2005–06 Ottawa Senators NHL 68 22 22 44 64 10 2 2 4 12
2006–07 Ottawa Senators NHL 68 22 26 48 41 20 5 5 10 24
2007–08 Ottawa Senators NHL 79 23 24 47 82
2008–09 Ottawa Senators NHL 78 13 19 32 66
2009–10 Ottawa Senators NHL 79 25 28 53 59 6 2 3 5 6
2010–11 Ottawa Senators NHL 55 14 10 24 33
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 27 5 7 12 10 12 3 4 7 11
2011–12 Nashville Predators NHL 72 24 27 51 33 10 1 3 4 8
2012–13 Nashville Predators NHL 38 10 11 21 27
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 75 20 29 49 60
2014–15 Nashville Predators NHL 59 19 20 39 39 3 0 1 1 0
2015–16 Nashville Predators NHL 70 13 10 23 29 14 5 2 7 2
2016–17 Nashville Predators NHL 72 18 24 42 55 20 0 4 4 2
NHL totals 1088 276 309 585 807 134 23 28 51 89

Personal LifeEdit

Mike was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, to parents Jim and Karen and is a devout Christian. He has two brothers Rob and Gregory (aka "Bud") and a sister, Meredith.

His uncle is David Fisher, a former chaplain to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball club and his brother Gregory is also a hockey player; he is a goaltender who played for Quinnipiac University in the ECAC.

On October 23, 2009, Mike replaced Senators' then-starting goaltender Pascal Leclaire in net during a Senators' practice after Leclaire fell ill.

In the off-season, he devotes time to hockey camps in his hometown in Peterborough, Kingston and Ottawa through Hockey Ministries International. Mike has also been a guest instructor at the Roger Neilson Hockey Camp.

Mike is married to American country music singer Carrie Underwood. They met backstage after one of Underwood's concerts in 2008. They became engaged on December 20, 2009. The engagement was confirmed by Mike the next morning during the Senators' morning skate.

On July 10, 2010, Mike married Carrie at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia with more than 250 people in attendance. Carrie surprised him by having one of their favorite artists, Brandon Heath sing his song "Love Never Fails" for their first dance.

On September 1, 2014, it was announced that Mike and Carrie were expecting their first child together. In February of 2015, Carrie gave birth to their first child, a son named Isaiah Michael Fisher.

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