Carrie Underwood has paid tribute to her husband Mike Fisher as he retires from ice hockey.

Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood

Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood

The 34-year-old singer is looking forward to spending more family time with the former Nashville Predators star now he has hung up his boots.

Captioning a picture of Mike in action on the rink, she wrote on Instagram: "Captain @mfisher1212 I sure am going to miss watching you play and cheering you on with the rest of Smashville, but I so look forward to seeing what God has in store for you in this next chapter of your life.

"You've given your teammates and the game your all for so many years ... you've worked so hard and made us all so proud! Isaiah and I love you so much and are so excited to be able to have you home a lot more ... We can't wait to cheer on the @predsnhl WITH you in the stands! #ThankYouSmashville #PredsFansForLife (sic)"

Mike announced his retirement to the team's fans in a heartfelt post.

He wrote: "This is the hardest decision I've ever had to make, but I know I've made the right one. I've decided to retire from the NHL. I kept praying for peace about the next step in my life. A peace that said this is God's will for your future. A peace that said whether or not this was the right time to walk away.

"I don't believe it came in a single instance or some aha moment, but as time passed, I gradually became certain that it was right for me to retire. I believe God gave me the ability to play hockey, and I was helped by dozens of individuals along the way, so it's not just up to me on when it's time to say goodbye.

"Knowing we were so close to winning it all in June only makes it more difficult to leave it behind, but I do so with hope. Endings are always tough, but I believe when something ends, there are new beginnings, new opportunities and new things to be excited for, too."

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