Mike Fisher announces retirement after 17 seasons in NHL


After 17 seasons in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators and Nashville Predators, Mike Fisher has decided to call it a career.

Fisher made the announcement via The Tennessean on Thursday morning.

Here’s an excerpt from Fisher’s post:

This is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, but I know I’ve made the right one. I’ve decided to retire from the NHL.

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.

I don’t believe it came in a single instance or some aha moment, but as time passed, I gradually became certain that it was right for me to retire. I believe God gave me the ability to play hockey, and I was helped by dozens of individuals along the way, so it’s not just up to me on when it’s time to say goodbye.

The 37-year-old was drafted by the Sens in the second round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He spent 11 years in Ottawa and accumulated 348 points in 675 games.

He was then traded to Nashville during the 2010-11 season. In 413 games with the Predators, he amassed 237 points.

Fisher didn’t hoist the Stanley Cup during his career, but he managed to make two trips to the final. The first one came in 2007-08 when the Sens fell to the Anaheim Ducks. His second happened last spring when his Predators fell just short against the Penguins.