Posted with permission from Rare Country

Nashville caught hockey fever in 2017 as the city’s NHL team, the Nashville Predators, made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. As the wife of the team’s captain, Mike Fisher, Carrie Underwood was there every step of the way. She even stepped onto the ice to sing the national anthem before one game. Carrie and Nashville mayor Megan Barry also took to the ice prior to a playoff game to lead the crowd in a big cheer.

Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Trisha Yearwood, Little Big Town, Vince Gill and Faith Hill all sang the national anthem as the Predators kept advancing through the finals, but Carrie was the team’s biggest country star cheerleader, both in person at the games and on her social media accounts.

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She posted a heartfelt tribute to her hubby, Mike, on Instagram in the middle of the Stanley Cup final. Carrie wrote, “I love this man more than words can express. I am beyond proud of him … he is an amazing man of God. He loves his family, his friends and his job. He deserves nothing but the best in this world, because he gives nothing but his best to it!”

Though the Predators didn’t take the Stanley Cup this season, their fans in Nashville are second to none. In fact, ESPN selected the Predators as the best franchise in all of sports for 2017 based on how they interact with their legion of fans, and Carrie played a very big role in that fan interaction.

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Mike decided to hang up his skates at the end of this season, but we have no doubt Carrie and Mike will be cheering on the Predators for years to come.

Carrie’s role in promoting hockey fever this year is one of the nominees for Story of the Year at the Rare Country Awards. She’s got some stiff competition in the category Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Thomas Rhett, Miranda Lambert and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. also capturing nods. It’s now up to you to decide the winner at RareCountryAwards.com.

Voting begins Nov. 13 and goes until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert on Dec. 14.