Blake Comeau

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Blake Comeau
Blake Comeau 2013-11-01.JPG
Born (1986-02-18) February 18, 1986 (age 28)
Meadow Lake, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Islanders
Calgary Flames
Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Draft 47th overall, 2004
New York Islanders
Playing career 2006–present

Blake Comeau (born February 18, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a second round selection, 47th overall, of the New York Islanders at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He played five seasons in the Islanders organization before joining the Flames in the 2011–12 NHL season. Comeau had a successful junior career, winning two Western Hockey League (WHL) championships and a Memorial Cup title as a member of the Kelowna Rockets and was a member of Canada's gold medal winning team at the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Comeau played four seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for the Kelowna Rockets. He was a second round selection of the team in the 2001 WHL Bantam Draft.[1] After appearing in three games as a 15-year-old, Comeau joined the Rockets full-time in 2002–03 where he scored 23 points in 56 games.[2] He appeared in 19 playoff games as the Rockets won the President's Cup.[3] Comeau improved to 33 points in 2003–04, and while the Rockets failed to repeat as league champions, they qualified for the 2004 Memorial Cup as tournament hosts. Comeau and the Rockets won the national championship with a 2–1 victory in the final game over the Gatineau Olympiques.[4]

Following the triumph, Comeau was selected by the New York Islanders as their second round selection, 47th overall, at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.[5] He returned to the Rockets for the 2004–05 WHL season where he scored 24 goals and 47 points.[2] He added 18 points in 24 playoff games as the Rockets won their second President's Cup in three years.[5] The Rockets failed to defend their title at the 2005 Memorial Cup, losing all three games they played.[6]

Comeau completed his junior career in 2005–06. He scored 74 points in 60 games and was named to the WHL's Western Conference all-star team.[7] He joined the Canadian junior team for the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship. Comeau led Team Canada in scoring with seven points in six games to lead Canada to its second consecutive gold medal.[8] Comeau began his professional career to conclude the season, joining the Islanders' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, for seven playoff games.[2]

Professional[edit]

The Islanders assigned Comeau to the Sound Tigers for the 2005–06 AHL season where he scored 43 points in 61 games.[2] He earned a brief recall of three games to the Islanders and made his NHL debut on December 7, 2006, against the Montreal Canadiens.[9] Comeau split the 2006–07 season between New York and Bridgeport. He had 19 points in 31 AHL games and 15 points in 51 NHL games.[2] He scored his first NHL goal, against Dany Sabourin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, in a 4–2 victory on December 21, 2007.[10]

Comeau again split season between New York and Bridgeport in 2008–09 season, scoring 25 points in 53 games with the Islanders. He finally earned a permanent spot with the NHL team in 2009–10. Comeau scored 17 goals and 35 points in 61 games.[2] He scored his first career hat trick on March 2, 2010, in a 5–3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.[11] He established career highs in 2010–11 with 24 goals, 22 assists and 46 points, a season which earned Comeau a one-year, $2.5 million contract from the Islanders.[12]

Comeau while with the Calgary Flames

Comeau struggled to begin the 2011–12 season, and after failing to register a point in 16 games, was placed on waivers by the Islanders where he was claimed by the Calgary Flames.[13] He scored 5 goals and 15 points with the Flames. Comeau became a restricted free agent following the season, the Flames would have had to give him a qualifying offer at least equal to his last contract to retain his rights. The Flames declined, and he became an unrestricted free agent. Comeau chose to re-sign with the Flames anyway, taking a 50 percent pay cut to do so, as he and the team agreed on a one-year, $1.25 million contract for 2012–13.[14] Days before the trade deadline, Comeau was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a 2013 fifth round draft pick.

On July 1, 2014, Comeau signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Kelowna Rockets WHL 3 0 0 0 4
2002–03 Kelowna Rockets WHL 54 5 18 23 77 19 2 1 3 20
2003–04 Kelowna Rockets WHL 71 10 23 33 123 17 4 2 6 23
2004–05 Kelowna Rockets WHL 65 24 23 47 108 24 6 12 18 34
2005–06 Kelowna Rockets WHL 60 21 53 74 85 12 4 9 13 22
2005–06 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 7 0 3 3 0
2006–07 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 61 12 31 43 46
2006–07 New York Islanders NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 31 4 15 19 30
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 51 8 7 15 22
2008–09 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 19 4 15 19 22 2 0 0 0 0
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 53 7 18 25 32
2009–10 New York Islanders NHL 61 17 18 35 40
2010–11 New York Islanders NHL 77 24 22 46 43
2011–12 New York Islanders NHL 16 0 0 0 6
2011–12 Calgary Flames NHL 58 5 10 15 24
2012–13 Calgary Flames NHL 33 4 3 7 14
2012–13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 9 2 3 5 6
2013–14 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 61 5 11 16 36 6 0 0 0 10
NHL totals 422 72 92 164 223 6 0 0 0 10
Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championship
Gold 2006 Canada

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Canada WJC Gold medal icon.svg 6 3 4 7 8
Junior totals 6 3 4 7 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flett, Cory and Watts, Jessie (ed.). 2008–09 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League. p. 66. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Blake Comeau profile". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  3. ^ Flett, Cory and Watts, Jessie (ed.). 2008–09 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League. p. 162. 
  4. ^ "The 2004 Memorial Cup history". Canadian Hockey League. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  5. ^ a b Robinson, Peter (Spring 2006). "Mission Possible". Prospects Hockey: WHL3–7. ISSN 1703-7182. 
  6. ^ "The 2005 Memorial Cup history". Canadian Hockey League. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  7. ^ Flett, Cory and Watts, Jessie (ed.). 2008–09 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League. p. 202. 
  8. ^ "2006 – Vancouver, Canada". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  9. ^ Fornabaio, Michael (2006-12-12). "Comeau receives taste of NHL". Connecticut Post. Retrieved 2012-09-03.  – via Highbeam (subscription required)
  10. ^ "Rookie Comeau's two points lead Islanders past Penguins". ESPN. 2007-12-21. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  11. ^ "Comeau's hat trick lifts Islanders over Chicago". Associated Press. 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2012-09-03.  – via Highbeam (subscription required)
  12. ^ "Comeau avoids arbitration, signs deal with Isles". Fox News. 2011-08-02. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  13. ^ "Flames pluck Comeau off waivers". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2011-11-25. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  14. ^ Cruickshank, Scott (2012-06-28). "Despite salary chop, Comeau 'excited' to stay". Calgary Herald. p. E3. 
  15. ^ "Penguins sign forward Blake Comeau". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 

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