Mike Commodore

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Mike Commodore
Mike Commodore Red Wings.png
Born (1979-11-07) November 7, 1979 (age 34)
Fort Saskatchewan, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 227 lb (103 kg; 16 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
KHL team
Former teams
Admiral Vladivostok
NHL
New Jersey Devils
Calgary Flames
Carolina Hurricanes
Ottawa Senators
Columbus Blue Jackets
Detroit Red Wings
Tampa Bay Lightning
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 42nd overall, 1999
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 2000–present

Michael W. Commodore (born November 7, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing for Admiral Vladivostok of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Commodore was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 2nd round (42nd overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. In 2006, he won the Stanley Cup as part of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Playing career[edit]

Commodore played his collegiate years at the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux, playing three years and winning the NCAA Championship in 2000. He was drafted 42nd overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to the Anaheim Ducks and then to the Calgary Flames,[1] playing in the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals. Calgary's depth on the blue line left no place for Commodore in the regular lineup, and he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes prior to the start of the 2005–06 NHL season.[2] Commodore and the Hurricanes ended up becoming NHL champions at the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals.

Mike Commodore of the Calgary Flames skates in a pre-game warm-up during the 2003-04 season

During both Final runs, Commodore became noted for his red playoff beard and afro hair.[3] As the Hurricanes were received at the White House in 2006, president George W. Bush joked that "I'm not sure what is prettier, the Stanley Cup, or Mike Commodore's hair."[4] Both times Commodore followed the finals having his hair shaved for organizations which helped the Jimmy V Foundation cancer research. The first time he had his hair shaved was at his mother's former school, Fort High.[5] The second time, Commodore held ten eBay auctions for the highest bidders which would allow them to have a chance to shave his head and keep his hair.[6] During the 2006 playoffs, Commodore also had fans copying a bathrobe he wore before the pre-game skate.[7][8]

Along with Rhett Warrener, he played a role in Paul Brandt's music video, "Convoy", as a truck driver.

In the 2006-07 regular season, Commodore tied Mike Komisarek of the Montreal Canadiens for most shorthanded goals scored among defensemen, with 2.[9]

He was a member of the 2007 Canadian IIHF World Championship team that won gold in a 4–2 win against Finland in Moscow.

On February 11, 2008, Commodore was dealt to the Ottawa Senators along with Cory Stillman from Carolina for Joe Corvo and Patrick Eaves.[10]

Commodore was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 1, 2008 to a five-year contract worth $18.75 million. He scored five goals as well as adding 19 assists during his first season in Columbus that saw the Blue Jackets appear in their first ever Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings, who won in a sweep. Commodore recorded 18 penalty minutes during the series.

Commodore cleared waivers on January 17, 2011, and was assigned to the Springfield Falcons of the AHL.

The Detroit Red Wings signed Commodore to a one-year contract worth $1 million on July 1, 2011.[11] After signing, Commodore was offered to pick his own jersey number, which incited several Internet petitions to suggest the number 64, in reference to the Commodore 64. The idea was supported by both the team and Commodore himself, but ultimately he decided against it.[12][13]

On February 27, 2012, Commodore was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a conditional 7th round draft pick after playing only 17 games for Detroit.[14]

With the 2012 NHL lockout affecting his free agent status, Commodore was signed to a professional try-out contract midway into the 2012–13 season on November 20, 2012.[15] He was released on January 23, 2013.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 North Dakota Fighting Sioux WCHA 29 0 5 5 74
1998–99 North Dakota Fighting Sioux WCHA 39 5 8 13 154
1999–00 North Dakota Fighting Sioux WCHA 38 5 7 12 154
2000–01 Albany River Rats AHL 41 2 5 7 59
2000–01 New Jersey Devils NHL 20 1 4 5 14
2001–02 Albany River Rats AHL 14 0 3 3 31
2001–02 New Jersey Devils NHL 37 0 1 1 30
2002–03 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 61 2 9 11 210
2002–03 Saint John Flames AHL 7 0 3 3 18
2002–03 Calgary Flames NHL 6 0 1 1 19
2003–04 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 37 5 11 16 75
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 12 0 0 0 25 20 0 2 2 19
2004–05 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 73 6 29 35 175 11 1 2 3 18
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 72 3 10 13 138 25 2 2 4 33
2006–07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 7 22 29 113
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 41 3 9 12 74
2007–08 Ottawa Senators NHL 26 0 2 2 26 4 0 2 2 0
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 81 5 19 24 100 4 0 0 0 18
2009–10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 57 2 9 11 62
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 20 2 4 6 44
2010–11 Springfield Falcons AHL 11 0 2 2 20
2011–12 Detroit Red Wings NHL 17 0 2 2 21
2011–12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 13 0 0 0 17
2012–13 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 17 0 2 2 26
2012–13 Texas Stars AHL 5 2 0 2 4 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Admiral Vladivostok KHL 27 2 2 4 20 4 1 1 2 6
NHL totals 484 23 83 106 683 53 2 6 8 70
Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2007 Moscow

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2007 Canada WC 9 0 2 2 14
Senior int'l totals 9 0 2 2 14

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 2000 [17]

References[edit]

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