Mike Fisher is a professional hockey player married to a country superstar.
The 34-year-old uses his celebrity status for good, and is recognized for his charity work.
Here’s what you should know about the Canadian.
1. He’s a Hockey Player
At 17, he was drafted into the Ontario Hockey League.
At 19, he made it into the NHL, and joined the Nashville Predators in 2011.
This July, he underwent surgery for a ruptured Achilles. On his player site, he said:
It was one of those freak deals. I’m in a boot right now and watching a lot of television…I’ll be on crutches for a while…I’ve started therapy and hopefully things will go well.
In the above NHL video from 2013, Fisher gets into a scuffle as Underwood worriedly looks on from the stands.
2. He Stays Out of Carrie’s Way
The two met backstage at one of the country singer’s concerts in 2008.
In an interview with Us:, he talked about his wife’s busy schedule and how he deals:
She’s actually real busy doing a lot of writing and stuff. I’ve been just kind of hanging out, just kind of being home and enjoying that. I stay out of her way. I go golfing or go fishing or something.
The athlete must be doing the right thing because he certainly has a positive affect on his wife.
Underwood told People, “If I’m nervous, he’ll be like, ‘C’mon, you have nothing to be nervous about. Just go do what you do and take a deep breath and say a little prayer and you’re good to go.’ Just being able to get a little kiss and go about my way, it definitely has a calming effect.”
In July, he tweeted this in celebration of their four-year anniversary:
Hard to believe its 4 years ago today @carrieunderwood and I were married. Best thing I've ever done. I Love her more now than ever!
— Mike Fisher (@mikefisher1212) July 10, 2014
Oddly enough when Underwood tweeted, she incorrectly wrote the post to another Mike Fisher’s Twitter handle.
3. He’s a Celeb in His Native Canada
Here's my monster snapper pic.twitter.com/RXk5PYzfy0
— Mike Fisher (@mikefisher1212) September 18, 2013
He grew up in the hockey town of Peterborough, Ontario.
4. He’s Religious
A devout Christian, he remembers a time in his teenage life where he struggled to maintain his value system and religious beliefs.
As he entered the pro hockey world at only 19, he made some “bad decisions.”
In the interview above, with I am Second, he talked about his struggle.
First he explained his commitment to faith at an early age:
At six years old, I was about to go to school, and I asked my mom if I could ask the Lord into my heart. And I still remember where, and on my knees. I prayed with my mom.
He also tweets Gospel passages:
— Mike Fisher (@mikefisher1212) April 20, 2014
5. He Won an NHL Award for His Commitment to Charity
Here's one of my favorite pics. Gonna miss the kids and staff. Can't wait to go back! pic.twitter.com/RyuSassG6O
— Mike Fisher (@mikefisher1212) June 22, 2014
In 2012, he was honored with the NHL Foundation Player Award.
According to the Predators website, “the award recognizes an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey — commitment, perseverance and teamwork — to enrich the lives of people in his community.”
He donates and works with numerous charities in Nashville, including Room In the Inn, which benefits the homeless, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and Cottage Cove Urban Ministries, a non-profit organization that serves inner-city youth.
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