As fans of the National Hockey League we find ourselves almost inexplicably invested in the lives of the players that we follow on a day to day basis but I think it's safe to say that nearly all of the time most of us really have no idea what is going on in the lives of those players outside of what they put display for us when on an NHL playing surface.
As a result we often times have no real indication of just how well or how poorly things may be going in the private life of a player behind the scenes outside of what they choose to share with the public and often times the appearances put forward by a player can be radically different than what is in reality their true feelings. It appears that this may have sadly been the case for beloved NHL veteran Mike Fisher who has gone through a very tumultuous 2 years both on and off the ice.
As many of you know Fisher opted to retire from the National Hockey League at the conclusion of the 2016 - 2017 NHL season and although fans in Nashville were sad to see him go they were also happy for him. Fisher had enjoyed a very solid career and very much deserved to move on to the next chapter in his life, but the retirement would not last very long. Fisher ended his retirement after several months and returned to the Predators in 2018, a move that was overwhelmingly supported by the Predators' fan base. It seemed to be a great time in the life of Fisher who would once again get a chance to compete for a shot at a Stanley Cup Championship but behind the scenes things were much much darker for Fisher and his family.
In a recent interview country music superstar Carrie Underwood, Fisher's wife, dropped a bombshell when she revealed that her and Fisher had lost three children of the course of just over a year, something that paints Fisher's decisions in an entirely new light. Underwood revealed that she had become pregnant early on in 2017 and that she had failed to carry the pregnancy to term, suffering a miscarriage and losing her unborn child as a result. Unfortunately for Underwood and Fisher things only got worse from there.
"Yeah. It happens. And that was the thing, in the beginning it was like, 'Okay, God, we know this is, just wasn't Your timing. And that is all right. We will bounce back and figure our way through it.' And got pregnant again in the spring, and it didn't work out," said Underwood as per CBS News.
"Got pregnant again, early 2018. Didn't work out. So, at that point, it was just kind of like, 'Okay, like, what's the deal? What is all of this?'
I don't think it would be a stretch to suggest that Fisher's decision to step away from the game in 2017 was likely influenced by the fact that he and his wife had just lost two unborn babies to miscarriages. No one could blame a man for wanting to be with his wife in such a terrible situation and I also have to wonder if losing yet another child in early 2018 didn't impact his decision to return to the ice just a few months later. At the time there were ugly rumors of a potential rift between the couple but I think it's now safe to say that the truth of the matter was far more tragic for Fisher and his family.
There is some light at the end of the tunnel here, at least I hope so for both the sake of Fisher and Underwood, Underwood says that she is pregnant again and thus far things appear to be going well for her and her husband. At 35 years of age she is getting to be on the older side of things when it comes to carrying a pregnancy to term and I sincerely hope that this time around things will work out for both her and Fisher when it comes to the newest member of their family.
That being said my thoughts go out to both Fisher and Underwood for the loss of their three unborn children.
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