Mike Fisher, one of the most recognizable players in Predators' franchise history, announced his retirement from the NHL Thursday after 17 seasons.
In a letter to the fans published in The Tennessean, Fisher thanked the Predators organization and their fans for their support and said that he's at peace with his decision to step away from the game so much.
The 37-year-old Fisher played 17 seasons with the Predators and Senators. He scored 18 goals last season while helping to lead the Preds to their first ever Stanley Cup Final appearance.
Fisher scored 109 goals for the Predators since being acquired ahead of the trade deadline in the 2010-11 season and has been apart of all six playoff series wins in franchise history.
His departure means the team will have to name a new Captain for the second consecutive season, and replace one of its top centers.
The Predators feel like they positioned themselves well for this possibility. The team re-signed top line center Ryan Johansen to an eight-year, $64 million contract Friday and also signed former Penguins center Nick Bonino in free agency.