Fisher loving life with Carrie

Senators forward Mike Fisher and country singer Carrie Underwood at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards...

Senators forward Mike Fisher and country singer Carrie Underwood at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on January 31, 2010. (WENN.COM)

DON BRENNAN, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:37 PM ET

Mike Fisher plans on being a Nashville resident some day, but he has no interest in giving up his Ottawa address any time soon.

I definitely love it here. I dont see that happening, the Senators centre said in an exclusive interview with the Sun when asked about any desire of finishing his career as a Predator a little more than two weeks after being wed to country singing superstar Carrie Underwood.

When Im done hockey, shell still be working. Im sure she can always work. Well settle in Nashville. I love it there. Ive got lots of friends there now, I love the area. I like a lot of things about it. Theres a nice church that we love, that we go to ... that being said, its a little ways away. I want to obviously play a few years, a bunch of years here yet.

She likes it here. Ive been here for so long, She would never want her to be the reason I leave here, because I like it so much. Obviously, family is going to be important decision. But its not like I cant wait to go there. I really want to stay here and finish my career. Thats what she really wants, too.

Fisher and Underwood were married before about 230 guests at a luxurious resort in Georgia, and everything went off smoothly. However, for a 10-year NHL veteran who regularly plays before crowds of up to 20,000, he did experience a little anxiety.

The only part I was nervous about was everybody watching you, said Fisher. Im not one for crowds, and being at the centre of attention. But we were more thinking about each other.

I wasnt really nervous, to be honest. I was excited to be married. I think more people were definitely watching her.

The tough part, he said, was keeping a limit on the invitations.

Fisher confirmed rumours that the list included a veritable whos who of Hollywood celebrities is greatly exaggerated.

A couple of her close friends are touring now, so they obviously werent able to be there, but she had all her close people that she wanted to be there, and I did too, he said. I obviously would have liked to have had more people, but its one of those things that the place is only so big. Its tough. That was one of the hardest things Ive ever had to do. I dreaded that. I still am.

We tried to get as many people as we could. The thing was, we didnt want it to be too huge and not be able to see everyone, either. Thats hard. Even the size of ours. You want to see everyone, you want to thank them for being there. The whole day was great. It was everything we both wanted it to be.

The whole weekend is almost like a blur, he added. The ceremony was really nice, the pastor did a great job, the reception was a lot of fun. Just to have everyone close to us around was a big deal. A weddings not nearly as much fun without those close family and friends with you.

Fisher said there was a mix and mingle do on the Friday night, plus a golf tournament on Saturday morning, with about 60-70 participants taking to the course. He only made it through 12 holes, though.

I didnt play 18 because I knew Id be too tired, he said. It was a long day. I needed to go relax a bit.

The honeymoon included eight days in Bora Bora and another three in Napa Valley. Fisher said they did a lot of tourist stuff, and spent considerable time in the water and basking in the sun.

We had an awesome time, he said. It was the longest time shes had off in the last five years. That was probably the longest time Ive ever been away, too. We had so much fun.

Fisher and Underwood returned to Nashville last Saturday, and he got back to Ottawa Monday night. Fisher will be on the ice Wednesday morning, and off and on over the next couple of weeks, at the Ray Friel Arena in Orleans to work at his hockey camp. Underwood was performing at The Grand Ole Oprey Tuesday and from there is headed to New York, where she has a scheduled appearance on The Today Show.

Fisher said theyre going to start a family, but not for a while yet.

We obviously want kids, but thats down the road, he said. Now is not the time, especially with our busy schedules, everything weve got going on. We dont know exactly when, but definitely we will.

As for his first couple of weeks as a married man, Fisher said he couldnt be happier.

Its awesome, he said. Im with my best friend and I love her to death. Theres nothing better, for sure.

don.brennan@sunmedia.ca


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