Mike Fisher may no longer be captaining the Nashville Predators, but the honors keep on coming.
The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame has announced Fisher as the recipient of their 2018 Professional Athlete of the Year Award, recognizing his contributions on and off the ice in the city of Nashville and the state of Tennessee. The award will be presented to Fisher at the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame's 52nd Annual Induction Banquet on Saturday, June 16 at the Omni-Nashville Hotel.
Fisher announced his retirement this past summer after 17 seasons in the NHL, with the final six-plus of those spent as a member of the Preds. The Peterborough, Ontario, native served as captain in his final season, leading the Predators to within two wins of a Stanley Cup.
In addition to establishing a reputation on the ice as an epitome of pure class, Fisher also did the same off of it with a collection of charitable endeavors, many of which go undocumented due to his selfless nature. Those acts that do, however, often include his work at Room In The Inn, a full-service homeless facility in Nashville.
In October, the Nashville Predators Foundation presented Fisher and Room In The Inn with a check for $8,000 to help fund the newly formed Mike Fisher Legacy Project as a way for Fisher, the Preds and Room In The Inn to continue their partnership.
The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame held its first induction banquet in 1966 and is located inside Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.