The Nashville Predators have been dominating the Western Conference this season. The team, led by captain Roman Josi, is looking to make the back to the playoffs. With the expertise of one returning former player, they just might make it to the promised land one more time.
A Grand Return
Over the summer, former Predators captain Mike Fisher revealed his immediate plans to retire. Yet, like athletes Brett Favre and Lance Armstrong who couldn’t stay away from their respective sports for long, Fisher had a change of heart.
Unlike football or baseball, there’s a small number of hockey players that have come out of retirement to give it one last shot. Fisher recently revealed plans to return the ice with the Predators for the rest of the 2017-18 season. His one year deal is worth $1 million.
A Close Series
Last season, Fisher helped lead the Predators to their first franchise Stanley Cup appearance. After losing their first two games, the team triumphed over the Pittsburgh Penguins with two back-to-back wins. The Predators would eventually lose the series in game six.
During the finals, Fisher scored four goals. This wasn’t his first trip to the big game, though. In 2007, Fisher helped the Ottawa Senators make their way to their first finals as well. The Senators lost to the Anaheim Ducks in a five-game series.
Fishing For Honor
Fisher was originally drafted by the Senators in 1999, but his first few years in the league weren’t great. Due to an injury, his rookie year was cut to only 32 games. During the NHL lock-out in 2004, Fisher made his way overseas to play with Switzerland’s EV Zug.
In 2011, Fisher was traded to the Predators and his career started taking off. The following year, he won the NHL Foundation Player Award, which is given to players that show excellence in their own communities.