Monday, Mike Fisher was supposed to be flying into Edmonton getting ready to lead the Nashville Predators into a game last night against the Edmonton Oilers. Thanks to NHL Lockout 2012, however, he was free to take part in a country music awards show.
The 2012 edition of the CMT Artists of the Year show was filmed Monday night in Nashville, and Fish attended with his superstar wife Carrie Underwood (here's a pic of the happy couple on the red carpet).
I know many hockey fans reviled at the thought of Fisher's connection to country music as having any influence on his value as a Nashville Predator, but hey, positive press exposure comes in handy, especially during times like these.
The following press release was found at The Futon Critic:
The stars aligned in Nashville last night for a celebrity-filled evening honoring the 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR with appearances or performances by some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports, including Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Rodney Carrington, baseball great Roger Clemens, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Eli Young Band, "Late Late Show" host Craig Ferguson, Nashville Predators' Mike Fisher, Academy Award(R) winning actor Morgan Freeman, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Sammy Hagar, Merle Haggard, Hunter Hayes, Metallica's James Hetfield, Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, rapper Ludacris, Kacey Musgraves, "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson, Kenny Rogers, Thompson Square, Grammy Award(R) winning record producer and OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, Carrie Underwood and Chris Young. Country super group Rascal Flatts and "Nashville" actress Hayden Panettiere hosted the event that honors the top country acts of 2012 when it premieres on Saturday, December 8 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT.