Carrie Underwood’s hockey-star husband Mike Fisher made headlines a couple weeks ago when the Ottawa Senators announced they were trading him to the Nashville Predators. Mike, a mainstay with the Senators for the last ten years, tells Dial-Global that he expected the backlash from his Senator fans. “I laugh about those things,” he said. He’s also shrugging off the Music City headlines referring to him as ‘Carrie Underwood’s Husband.’ “I’m used to it,” he admitted. “It’s to be expected. This is where she is. Some people know me down here and hopefully I can make a name for myself.”
While initially hesitant about the move, Mike thinks Nashville is a great opportunity for him as a player to start enjoying the game of hockey again, following a rocky season with the Senators. Getting away from the media buzz surrounding hockey in Canada to the more laid-back Nashville was a plus too.
“It’s been the toughest season I’ve had as a player, ever,” said Mike. “It’s not fun losing. You’re always under the microscope. There’s the same questions every day. Down here, there’s less pressure from the media and I think it allows guys to go out and play the game the best they can and not have those other pressures. For me, I think it’ll be a good thing.”
So how did Carrie take the news that her Senator was being sent to the Preds? “She was a little emotional at first,” Mike said. “She knew I never really wanted to leave (Ottawa), but after that she was excited, too, because what better place for me to be. It’s a bit of an adjustment, but it’s kind of like playing at home because I spend a lot of time here anyway. It feels good.”
Mike isn’t the only one feeling heat from his Senator fans, however. The Boot reports that one radio station in Ottawa is now boycotting Carrie’s music. Ottawa’s New 105.3 KISS FM has instituted a ban on all Carrie Underwood-issued tracks to show their displeasure with Mike’s departure. The station has accused Carrie of ‘luring’ Mike away and maintains that the ban is permanent.
“We know Mike Fisher is not to blame for this trade, but feel he was lured away from Ottawa by a country-music superstar,” the station said in a statement. “Sure, she’s pretty. Yes, she can sing. But can she play hockey? Can she put one on the top shelf with a slap shot? No!”
Not all Ottawa stations share the same sentiment however. Y101-FM morning deejay Mark Papousek had nothing but positive things to say about the couple to the Ottawa Sun. “Carrie brought a lot to the city,” he said. “She was one of us. She fit nicely into the Ottawa Valley. They did a lot of fundraising and charity work here. They’ll be great together in Nashville, but right now, it’s a big loss for Ottawa.”
In the Preds game against the Canucks on February 18, Mike took a puck to the face, went to the locker room for stitches, and came back to score the game winning goal. It looks like Mike is settling into Music City just fine.