Mike Fisher: No Serenades for Carrie Underwood

10/22/2009 at 06:05 AM EDT

Mike Fisher: No Serenades for Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher
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It's safe to say NHL star Mike Fisher didn't woo his famous girlfriend, country singer Carrie Underwood, with a song.

"I like to sing," the Ottawa Senators player tells The Sens Show, a Web news program for his team. "[But] when I try to sing some of her songs, she just laughs!"

Fisher, 29, praises Underwood's talent, saying she's more than just a country crooner. "She can sing anything – I like it when she sings a good rock song," he says, adding that his favorite song of hers is something called "Temporary Home" from her new album, Play On, due out Nov. 3.

Fisher says the under-the-radar couple, who rarely speak publicly about their relationship, struggle to find together time but do their best to stay close.

"Obviously it's tough with our schedules to see each other," he tells the program. "But we always find a way to make it work."

His busy girlfriend, he adds, is "very committed, and she works extremely hard. She doesn't get too many days off – a lot less days off than I get. She's always going."

The hockey star, who also mentioned that he made a summer charity trip to El Salvador on behalf of World Vision, met Underwood, 26, at a concert in Toronto last October when the two were introduced through mutual friends.

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