Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Mike Fisher grateful for 18 years of hockey as he again says goodbye to the NHL

Mike Fisher’s hockey career is once again over. Last week, he announced his retirement from the NHL.

Today, Fisher shared a post on Instagram saying goodbye to the game he played for 18 years.

I’m so grateful for the last 18 years. It’s hard to believe how fast the time goes. I got the chance to play and work with so many incredible people along the way. God taught me some incredible life lessons through the game of hockey over the years and without the gift He gave me none of this would have been possible. Thanks to the @predsnhl and @senators for all the amazing memories! Lastly thanks to my friends and family for supporting me over the years. It’s been a blast!! #romans1212

For Fisher, this is his second round of retirement from the NHL. In August of 2017, he said goodbye to the NHL in a retirement letter he shared with The Tennessean.

“I don’t believe it came in a single instance or some aha moment,” Fisher said at the time. “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.”

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In January 2018, Fisher announced his plans to un-retire and return to the NHL with the Predators. In February, he signed a one-year deal and made his return to the ice on March 3 in a game against Vancouver that saw him score a goal in Nashville’s 4-3 win over the Canucks.

Fisher helped the Predators to the best regular-season record in the NHL, but in the postseason, Nashville was eliminated in the second round by Winnipeg.

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” — Romans 12:12