Mike Fisher: Carrie Underwood's Hockey Hunk Of A Husband Rejoins The NHL

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Kempny knocks the puck away from Nashville Predators left wing Scott Hartnell during the first period at Bridgestone Arena

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Kempny knocks the puck away from Nashville Predators left wing Scott Hartnell during the first period at Bridgestone Arena

At a Wednesday morning news conference following the Nashville Predators' morning skate, veteran center Mike Fisher announced he is coming out of retirement to rejoin one of the NHL's best teams.

In 11 seasons with the Senators, the husband to country music star Carrie Underwood recorded 167 goals and 348 points.

Fisher retired past year after serving as team captain for the Predators during their run to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Nashville Predators even went to confirm the news via Twitter with a joking yet honest message welcoming back their previous captain. As an official active member of the team, Fisher can play in any games coming up on the schedule until his contract expires at the end of the season. "The closer I got towards it, the closer I thought what a great opportunity this would be". For whatever reason, I don't know, but I never really thought it was a possibility.

Fisher won't return to being the team's captain, with defenseman Roman Josi retaining that position, Poile said. "And she's usually right", Fisher said.

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"She wanted me to do it", Fisher said of playing again. He scored 18 goals and posted 42 points in 72 games last season, adding four assists in 20 playoff games.

Fisher, who hails from Peterborough, Ont., amassed 276 goals and 585 points in his first 1,088 NHL regular-season games after breaking into the league in the 1999-2000 campaign with Ottawa, which drafted Fisher 44th overall in 1998. The team announced his return today, and Nashville fans are rather excited.

"When it was put on the table by us, we didn't seek a yes or no, it was just always a welcoming thing, that if he ever had the desire to come back and play, the window was 100 percent open with me and with David".

When the Predators acquired Kyle Turris in November, their center group instantly became one of the best in the National Hockey League. He's the fifth-leading goal-scorer in Predators history with 109.

But Fisher's return is expected to be short-lived; the player revealed his return to the Preds is "just for this year - that's my plan".

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