Mike Comrie

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Mike Comrie
Mike Comrie in 2009.jpg
Comrie with the Edmonton Oilers in 2009–10 NHL season
Born(1980-09-11) September 11, 1980 (age 33)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
PositionCentre
ShotLeft
Played forEdmonton Oilers
Philadelphia Flyers
Phoenix Coyotes
Ottawa Senators
New York Islanders
Pittsburgh Penguins
National team Canada
NHL Draft91st overall, 1999
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career2000–2012
 
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Mike Comrie
Mike Comrie in 2009.jpg
Comrie with the Edmonton Oilers in 2009–10 NHL season
Born(1980-09-11) September 11, 1980 (age 33)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
PositionCentre
ShotLeft
Played forEdmonton Oilers
Philadelphia Flyers
Phoenix Coyotes
Ottawa Senators
New York Islanders
Pittsburgh Penguins
National team Canada
NHL Draft91st overall, 1999
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career2000–2012

Michael William Comrie (born September 11, 1980) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey centre. During his 13-year National Hockey League (NHL) career he played with the Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. He retired after undergoing hip surgery for the third time. He married actress Hilary Duff in 2010 and they have one child together.

Playing career[edit]

Mike Comrie was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and attended Jasper Place High School. Comrie was drafted in the third round, ninety-first overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by his hometown Edmonton Oilers out of the University of Michigan.

Edmonton Oilers[edit]

Comrie left the Western Hockey League (WHL)'s Kootenay Ice midway through the 2000–01 season, signing an incentive-laden $10-million three-year deal with the Oilers,[1] which, when all achievable bonuses were included, was well above the league maximum for the base salaries of 2001 draftees of $1.13 million a year.[2] Although Comrie was a free agent as a result of playing one year of major junior hockey as an overage player after leaving college (due to a loophole established by Mike Van Ryn), entry-level salary restrictions still applied to Comrie's contract, with free-agent status allowing Comrie to sign with any team he desired.[3] In Edmonton Comrie instantly become a fan favourite and hometown hero.[4] He was an offensive threat during his first couple seasons with the team, tallying a total of 133 points in 192 games from 2001 to 2003.

Departure from Edmonton[edit]

After a lacklustre training camp in the pre-season Comrie's status as local hero in Edmonton started to change dramatically,[5][6] after he elected to hold out in a contract dispute for more than 30 games into the 2003–04 season. The Oilers then-General Manager, Kevin Lowe, was reportedly willing to trade Comrie to the Anaheim Ducks for Corey Perry and a first round draft pick,[7] but within that deal sought to have Comrie reimburse the Oilers $2.5 million,[8] which was part of the bonus money he earned from his entry-level contract.[9] After this deal fell through, Comrie was dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers in December 2003, for Jeff Woywitka, a first round selection in 2004 (Rob Schremp), and a third round selection in 2005 (Danny Syvret).[10]

Philadelphia Flyers and Phoenix Coyotes[edit]

Comrie played only 21 games for Philadelphia before being traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Sean Burke, Branko Radivojevic, and the rights to Ben Eager.

During the 2004-2005 NHL lockout, he signed with Färjestads BK of the Elitserien and played ten games with them, before leaving in December 2004.[11] Following an agreement made in July 2005, between the NHL and NHLPA members to resume hockey operations and play, Comrie would return to the Coyotes for the 2005–06 NHL season, where he would record his second 30 goal season in the NHL. The Coyotes would then re-sign Comrie to a new, one-year contract worth $3 million, on August 4, 2006.[12]

On January 3, 2007, Comrie was traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Senators prospect Alexei Kaigorodov.

Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders[edit]

Comrie scored his first goal for the Senators versus the Boston Bruins on January 9, 2007 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario. Whenever Comrie scored a goal at Scotiabank Place, his goal song was "Black Gloves" by the Belgian band Goose. He helped Ottawa throughout the playoffs despite having an injured shoulder that required local anesthetic to numb the pain, this prevented him from reaching down to tie his skates. The Senators made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, losing to the Anaheim Ducks, in a 4–1 series decision. Prior to the loss, the Senators eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils, and Buffalo Sabres all in five games.

On July 5, 2007, Mike Comrie signed a one-year contract worth $3.375 million with the New York Islanders as an unrestricted free agent.[13] Before the trade deadline on February 26, 2008, the New York Islanders re-signed Comrie to a new one-year contract worth $4 million.[14] Comrie would be traded back to the Senators on February 20, 2009, with Chris Campoli, in exchange for Dean McAmmond and a San Jose Sharks 2009 first round draft pick.[15]

Return to the Oilers[edit]

Comrie playing for the Edmonton Oilers.

On September 10, 2009, Mike Comrie signed a one-year contract worth $1.125 million with the team he began his NHL career with, returning to the Edmonton Oilers after six years, for their upcoming 2009–10 NHL season.[16] Comrie chose to wear No. 91 (his overall draft selection number), as his familiar jersey No. 89 (which he wore during his first go-round with the team), was taken by Sam Gagner.

Comrie made his return to Edmonton a night to remember, in a 4–0 pre-season win over the Florida Panthers, on September 18, 2009. Comrie assisted on all four of the goals scored and registered a fight, squaring off with the Panthers' Eric Himelfarb, to which Comrie received a standing ovation from the Rexall Place crowd, who promptly chanted his name as he took his place inside the penalty box.[17]

On November 17, Comrie was placed on the NHL long term injury reserve list with mononucleosis and was expected to be out until late January. He had 5 goals and 8 points, in 16 games. Comrie would make his return to the Oilers line-up on February 1, 2010, recording an assist in a 4–2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. He finished out the rest of the season tallying 13 goals and 21 points, in 43 games.

Mike Comrie became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2010, with the Oilers opting not to re-sign him for the 2010–11 season.[18]

Pittsburgh Penguins[edit]

On September 3, 2010, Mike Comrie signed a one-year contract worth $500,000 with the Pittsburgh Penguins,[19] joining the franchise that drafted his uncle Fred, in 1973.[20] On September 22, 2010, Comrie scored the very first goal inside of the new Consol Energy Center, 81 seconds into the Penguins' 5-1 exhibition game victory over the Detroit Red Wings.[21] Due to a nagging hip injury, Comrie was sidelined for much of the regular season. He scored his first goal as a Penguin during their 82nd and final game of the season, on an empty Atlanta Thrashers net. It was the last game in Thrashers franchise history before the team relocated to Winnipeg in the off season.

Retirement[edit]

After undergoing hip surgery for the third time, Comrie retired from hockey on February 13, 2012.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Comrie's father, Bill, and his uncles, Fred and John, are the founders of The Brick furniture company, which was sold in 2012 for $700 million. This is where Mike obtained his nickname, "The Brick". Comrie's mother, Theresa, died of cancer in 1990. Comrie has two older siblings; a sister, Cathy, and a brother, Paul, who played with the Oilers briefly, before Mike was drafted by them. Comrie also has two hockey playing younger half-brothers from his father's second marriage, Eric, a goaltender who was selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft[23] and Ty,[24] who plays center.

Comrie began dating American actress/singer Hilary Duff in the summer of 2007. The couple announced their engagement in February 2010,[25][26] and married on August 14, 2010 in Santa Barbara.[27] They have a son, Luca Cruz Comrie born March 20, 2012.[28] On January 10, 2014, the couple announced their separation.[29]

Awards and achievements[edit]

AwardYear
AJHL Rookie of the Year1996-97
AJHL Most Valuable Player1997-98
AJHL Champion1997-98
All-CCHA Rookie Team1998-99
CCHA Rookie of the Year1998-99
AHCA West Second-Team All-American1999–00
Gold Medal IIHF World Championship2003[30]
Silver medal Elitserien2005

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

  Regular Season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1995–96Edmonton CanadiansAMBHL335152103
1996–97St. Albert SaintsAJHL6337417844
1997–98St. Albert SaintsAJHL586078138134
1998–99University of MichiganCCHA4219254438
1999–00University of MichiganCCHA4024355995
2000–01Kootenay IceWHL3739407979
2000–01Edmonton OilersNHL41814221461230
2001–02Edmonton OilersNHL8233276045
2002–03Edmonton OilersNHL6920315190610110
2003–04Philadelphia FlyersNHL2145912
2003–04Phoenix CoyotesNHL28871516
2004–05Färjestads BKSEL1016710
2005–06Phoenix CoyotesNHL8030306055
2006–07Phoenix CoyotesNHL247132020
2006–07Ottawa SenatorsNHL41131225241523515
2007–08New York IslandersNHL7621284987
2008–09New York IslandersNHL417132026
2008–09Ottawa SenatorsNHL223476
2009–10Edmonton OilersNHL431382130
2010–11Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL2115618
NHL totals58916819736544332461027

International[edit]

YearTeamEventResultGPGAPtsPIM
2002CanadaWC6th712310
2003CanadaWC93256
2006CanadaWC4th931410
Totals25751226

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press (2008-08-21). "Comrie nets OT goal, Oilers even series with Stars". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  2. ^ Neil Milbert (2001-01-02). "Comrie's Jump To Junior A Bonus". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  3. ^ Michael Farber (2008-08-21). "Skating Through A Loophole". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  4. ^ Edmonton Oilers Heritage Website (2008-08-21). "Mike Comrie—Hometown Hero". Edmonton Oilers Heritage Website. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  5. ^ Comrie moves past Edmonton
  6. ^ Phoenix: He's public enemy No. 2
  7. ^ CP (2008-08-21). "Comrie to be traded to the Ducks?". SportsRant.com. 
  8. ^ CBC.ca staff (2003-12-11). "Oilers' Comrie must pay for trade". CBC.ca. Retrieved 2003-12-11. 
  9. ^ Tim Panaccio (2008-08-21). "Bumped around, he's settled in with Ottawa". The Inquirer. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  10. ^ http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/Hockey+World/4550412/story.html
  11. ^ Eric Duhatschek (2005-04-05). "Souray stays in Sweden for long haul". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2008-08-16. "Souray came over in November along with the Phoenix Coyotes' Mike Comrie. Both signed with Farjestads during the first transfer window in the Swedish season. Comrie lasted only about 10 games and left at the beginning of December." [dead link]
  12. ^ TSN.ca staff (2006-08-04). "Coyotes sign Comrie to one-year deal". TSN.ca. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  13. ^ Ken Warren (2007-07-06). "Islanders land Comrie, Guerin". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  14. ^ "Mike Comrie signs 1-year, $4 million deal to stay with Islanders". International Herald-Tribune. 2008-02-26. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  15. ^ "Islanders trade Comrie to Ottawa". Associated Press. 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  16. ^ Oilers sign Mike Comrie
  17. ^ Panthers vs. Oilers 18/09/2009
  18. ^ "Oilers not planning on re-signing Comrie". Sportsnet.ca. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  19. ^ Penguins sign Forward Mike Comrie
  20. ^ Fred Comrie - 1973 NHL Amateur Draft - 8th Round
  21. ^ "Penguins open Consol Energy Center with 5-1 exhibition win". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 2010-10-23. 
  22. ^ http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=387700
  23. ^ http://jets.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=90293 Winnipeg Jets 2013 Draft Selections & Transactions
  24. ^ "Ty Comrie". www.thescoutingnews.com. 2010-03-16. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  25. ^ Catherine Donaldson-Evans (2010-02-19). "Hilary Duff Engaged to Hockey Player Beau". People magazine. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  26. ^ "Hilary Duff is Engaged". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  27. ^ Gena Oppenheim (2010-08-14). "OK! Exclusive: Hilary Duff & Mike Comrie Tie the Knot". OK!. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  28. ^ "Welcome to the World Luca Cruz Comrie". Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  29. ^ Tan, Michelle (January 10, 2014). "Hilary Duff Separates from Mike Comrie". People.com. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  30. ^ Eliteprospects.com - Mike Comrie

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mark Eaton
CCHA Rookie of the Year
1998–99
Succeeded by
Chris Gobert