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Position Center
Shoots left
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
185 lb (84 kg/13 st 3 lb)
NHL Team
F. teams
New York Islanders
Ottawa Senators
Phoenix Coyotes
Philadelphia Flyers
Edmonton Oilers
Nationality 22x20px Canada
Born September 11, 1980 (1980-09-11) (age 36),
Edmonton, Alberta
NHL Draft 91st overall, 1999
Edmonton Oilers
Pro career 2000 – present

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Michael William Comrie (born September 11, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League.

Playing careerEdit

The Edmonton-born Comrie was drafted in the third round out of the University of Michigan. He was selected ninety-first overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, by his hometown Edmonton Oilers.

Reception in EdmontonEdit

Comrie left the WHL's Kootenay Ice at midseason to join his hometown Edmonton Oilers for a $10-million three year deal,[1] which was well above the league maximum for 2001 draftees of $1.13 million a year per year over three years (due to a loophole established by Mike Van Ryn).[2] There he would instantly become a fan favorite and hometown hero.[3] He was an offensive threat during his first couple seasons with the team, tallying up a total of 133 points in 192 games from 2001 to 2003. Comrie's status as local hero changed dramatically after he elected to hold out in a contract dispute for more than 30 games into the 2003-2004 season. When the 2004-2005 season opened, he signed with Farjestads in the Swedish Elite League and played ten games with them.[4]

Oilers GM Kevin Lowe was reportedly willing to trade Comrie to the Anaheim Ducks for Corey Perry and a first round draft pick,[5] but within that deal sought to have Comrie reimburse the Oilers $2.5 million,[6] which was part of the bonus money he earned his entry-level contract.[7] After this deal fell through, Comrie dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers in December for Jeff Woywitka, a first round selection in 2004 (Rob Schremp), and a third round selection in 2005 (Dan Syvret).

Post-Edmonton teamsEdit

Comrie played only 21 games for Philadelphia before being traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Sean Burke, Branko Radivojevič, and the rights to Ben Eager. In August 2006, Phoenix re-signed Comrie to a one-year contract worth $3 million (US).[8] In Phoenix he recorded another 30 goal season before being traded to the Ottawa Senators. On January 3rd, 2007, Comrie was traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Senators prospect Alexei Kaigorodov. Comrie scored his first goal for the Senators versus the Boston Bruins on January 9th at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario. When 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 5 July, 2007, Mike Comrie signed a 1-year contract worth $3.375-million U.S. with the New York Islanders as an unrestricted free agent.[9] Before the trade deadline on February 26, 2008, Comrie signed a 1-year contract worth $4 million with the New York Islanders.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

His uncles Fred Comrie and John Comrie, and his father, Bill Comrie, are the founders of The Brick furniture company. This is where Mike obtained his nickname of "The Brick". During the final round of the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Comrie was able to get extra tickets for his away games because his father was a season ticket holder with the opposing team, the Anaheim Ducks.[11] Mike's older brother, Paul Comrie briefly had a stint with the Oilers in 1999.

Comrie was first reported to be dating actress and singer Hilary Duff in 2007;[12] as of July 2008 they were still together, with one report calling them "total lovebirds".[13]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995-96 Edmonton Canadians AMBHL 33 51 52 103 -- -- -- -- -- --
1996-97 St. Albert Saints AJHL 63 37 41 78 44 -- -- -- -- --
1997-98 St. Albert Saints AJHL 58 60 78 138 134 -- -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 University of Michigan CCHA 42 19 25 44 38 -- -- -- -- --
1999-00 University of Michigan CCHA 40 24 35 59 95 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Kootenay Ice WHL 37 39 40 79 79 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 41 8 14 22 14 6 1 2 3 0
2001-02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 33 27 60 45 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 69 20 31 51 90 6 1 0 1 10
2003-04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 21 4 5 9 12 -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 28 8 7 15 16 -- -- -- -- --
2004-05 Färjestads BK SEL 10 1 6 7 10 -- -- -- -- --
2005-06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 80 30 30 60 55 -- -- -- -- --
2006-07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 24 7 13 20 20 -- -- -- -- --
2006-07 Ottawa Senators NHL 41 13 12 25 24 15 2 3 5 15
2007-08 New York Islanders NHL 65 20 27 47 79 -- -- -- -- --
NHL Totals 424 135 159 294 319 32 4 6 10 27

International playEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Associated Press (2008-08-21). "Comrie nets OT goal, Oilers even series with Stars". USA Today. Retrieved on 2008-08-21.
  2. Michael Farber (2008-08-21). "Skating Through A Loophole". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved on 2008-08-21.
  3. Edmonton Oilers Heritage Website (2008-08-21). "Mike Comrie—Hometown Hero". Edmonton Oilers Heritage Website. Retrieved on 2008-08-21.
  4. Eric Duhatschek (2005-04-05). "Souray stays in Sweden for long haul". Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 2008-12-26. Retrieved on 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."
  5. CP (2008-08-21). "Comrie to be traded to the Ducks?". SportsRant.com.
  6. CBC.ca staff (2003-12-11). "Oilers' Comrie must pay for trade". CBC.ca. Retrieved on 2003-12-11.
  7. Tim Panaccio (2008-08-21). "Bumped around, he's settled in with Ottawa". The Inquirer. Retrieved on 2008-08-21.
  8. TSN.ca staff (2006-08-04). "Coyotes sign Comrie to one-year deal". TSN.ca. Retrieved on 2007-10-11.
  9. Ken Warren (2007-07-06). "Islanders land Comrie, Guerin". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved on 2007-10-11.
  10. "Mike Comrie signs 1-year, $4 million deal to stay with Islanders". International Herald-Tribune (2008-02-26). Archived from the original on 2012-10-11. Retrieved on 2008-08-16.
  11. Terry Jones (2007-05-28). "Comrie might have made it either way". canoe.ca. Retrieved on 2007-10-11.
  12. Mike Fleeman (2007-09-21). "Hilary Duff's Boyfriend Gives Her a Mercedes for Her Birthday". [[People (magazine}|People]]. Retrieved on 2007-10-10.
  13. "Couples Watch: Rihanna & Chris, Hilary & Mike ...". People (2008-06-30). Retrieved on 2008-07-03.

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Preceded by
Doug Weight
Edmonton Oilers Regular Season Scoring Leader
2001/2002
tied with Anson Carter
Succeeded by
Ryan Smyth
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