Before Mike Fisher tied the knot with country superstar Carrie Underwood, the handsome hunk was paving quite the career for himself in professional sports. Ever since he was a young boy growing up in Ontario, Canada, Mike came to know and love the game of ice hockey.
After playing the winter sport throughout his childhood and teen years, Mike made his NHL debut for the Ottawa Senators in the 1999-2000 season. For a series of years, the professional sportsman excelled as the team’s centerman until he was traded to the Nashville Predators in early 2011.
As Mike was still playing for the Ottawa Senators around 2008, he and Carrie crossed paths for the first time after the singer’s bass guitarist, Mark Childers, wanted to set them up on a blind date. Although she couldn’t deny Mike’s sexy smolder, Carrie was actually cautious when it came to getting set up.
She even joked about the start of their relationship while once chatting with VH1’s Behind the Music. “I mean, can I make dating more difficult?” the blonde beauty adorably recalled. “Let’s get a hockey guy who lives in another country. Awesome.”
Despite her reservations, Carrie invited Mike backstage at one of her shows instead of going on a typical first date. After hanging out with the hockey heartthrob between her performance, Carrie said she immediately texted her bandmate to let him know that she thought Mike was “hot, hot, hot.” LOL!
Nearly three months after their first hangout, Carrie and Mike reunited at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2008 celebration in New York City. Even though the “Before He Cheats” songstress got the hint that her date was kind of shy, she decided to go in for the first kiss.
“We were in front of people and he’s not a big PDA guy,” Carrie told Glamour. “I figured, I’ll go in for it because he can’t leave me hanging, right? So I made him kiss me in public.” After sealing their romance with a smooch, Carrie and Mike began dating. By the end of 2009, the couple was engaged.
Even though Mike and Carrie were falling in love, the two were still sharing a long-distance relationship considering the singer was tied up in Nashville while Mike was playing hockey in Canada. Luckily, just a year after the twosome tied the knot in 2010, Mike got the good news that he was moving to Nashville after being traded by the Ottawa Senators.
“I was praying a few days before about [moving teams],” the heartthrob once dished, noting that it was blessing he was picked up by the Predators team. “I was just so frustrated and said ‘God, if you have me go somewhere take care of it, look after it,’ and he sure did that. He put me in a place I was comfortable with and I think that’s part of the reason that this is the place I’m supposed to be.”
Since the beloved pair made their love official, Mike and Carrie have experienced a ton of life changes together. They became parents for the first time when they welcomed Isaiah in 2015. Carrie and Mike also welcomed son Jacob in January 2019.
However, their road to parenthood wasn’t easy. Throughout 2017 and 2018, Carrie suffered three miscarriages. The American Idol alum revealed the news for the first time on CBS Sunday Morning in September 2018.
“2017 just wasn’t how I imagined it. I kind of planned that 2017 was going to be the year that I work on new music, and I’d have a baby,” she said through tears at the time. “We got pregnant early 2017 and it didn’t work out. Yeah, it happens. And that was the thing, in the beginning, it’s like, ‘OK, God, we know that this just wasn’t your timing and that is alright, we will bounce back and figure our way through it.’ And then we got pregnant in the spring and it didn’t work out. Got pregnant again in early 2018, didn’t work out. So at that point, it was kinda like, ‘OK, what’s the deal?’”
The “Love Wins” songstress and the family man got more candid than ever about their devastating losses during an episode of the couple’s new web series, Mike and Carrie: God & Country. As she sat alongside her longtime hubby, Carrie explained why she was “hurt” and felt like she “had enough.”
“I had an honest conversation with God, and I told him how I felt,” she emotionally shared. “I was a little angry and, of course, you feel guilty for being mad at your creator … I told him we needed something. We needed to have a baby or not, ever, because I couldn’t keep going down that road anymore.”
Although Carrie ultimately lost three babies, she and Mike persevered through and had a successful pregnancy with little Jacob in 2018. Since then, the Hollywood lovebirds couldn’t feel more blessed with their beautiful brood.
“Mike loves having two little boys to run around outdoors and to teach sports. And motherhood has fulfilled Carrie and keeps her feeling grounded,” an insider exclusively shared with Closer Weekly in June. “The boys are their world and they always say how happy they are as a family of four.”
During a March 2022 appearance on Today’s Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen, Carrie spoke about how her husband understands her competitive spirit since he is a former professional athlete.
“I feel like we understand each other. He knows I’m competitive and he is very much like … We kind of can’t play like board games,” she said. “I got in trouble once playing board games with some friends because I got a little too serious about it. So, there’s certain things that he understands.”
Mike was on hand to celebrate his wife’s big night at the CMT Awards the following month. Carrie picked up the awards for Collaborative Video of the Year and Video of the Year during the ceremony. She also stunned the audience with an acrobatic routine during her performance of “Ghost Story.” The athlete admitted to Entertainment Tonight that he was “a little bit nervous,” about Carrie’s bold performance, but it’s clear that he is nothing but supportive of the global superstar.