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Born September 11, 1980 (1980-09-11) (age 29),
Edmonton, Alberta
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Edmonton Oilers
Ottawa Senators
New York Islanders
Phoenix Coyotes
Philadelphia Flyers
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 91st overall, 1999
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2000 – present

Michael William Comrie (born September 11, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who is currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers in the National Hockey League.

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Playing career

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.

Reception in Edmonton

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 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. During the 2004-2005 NHL lockout, 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 from his entry-level contract.[7] After this deal fell through, Comrie was 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 teams

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 once again being dealt. On January 3, 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 9 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 July 5, 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, the New York Islanders re-signed Comrie to a 1-year contract worth $4 million.[10] On February 20, 2009, Comrie was traded back to the Senators with Chris Campoli for Dean McAmmond and a San Jose Sharks first round draft pick in 2009.[11]

Return to the Oilers

On September 10, 2009, Mike Comrie signed a 1-year contract worth $1.125 million with the team he began his NHL career with, returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the upcoming 2009-10 season. Comrie made his return to Edmonton on September 18, 2009, in a 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers. Comrie assisted on all 4 goals and added a fight. As of November 17, 2009, Comrie was placed on the NHL long term injury reserve with mononucleosis and was expected to be out until late January. He had 5 goals and 8 points in 16 games. Comrie opted to wear #91 during his second stint as his jersey #89, which he wore during his first go-round with the team was taken by Sam Gagner.

Personal life

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.[12] Mike's older brother, Paul Comrie briefly had a stint with the Oilers in 1999.

In 2007, Comrie was first reported to be dating actress and singer Hilary Duff.[13] It was announced on February 19, 2010 that Comrie is engaged to Duff.[14]

Career statistics

    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 76 21 28 49 87
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 41 7 13 20 26
2008–09 Ottawa Senators NHL 22 3 4 7 6
NHL totals 550 160 189 349 418 32 4 6 10 27

International play

See also

References

  1. ^ Associated Press (2008-08-21). "Comrie nets OT goal, Oilers even series with Stars". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/cup01/games/2001-04-17-edmdal.htm. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  2. ^ Michael Farber (2008-08-21). "Skating Through A Loophole". Sports Illustrated. http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1021271/index.htm. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  3. ^ Edmonton Oilers Heritage Website (2008-08-21). "Mike Comrie—Hometown Hero". Edmonton Oilers Heritage Website. http://www.oilersheritage.com/history/transformation_players_mikecomrie.html. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  4. ^ Eric Duhatschek (2005-04-05). "Souray stays in Sweden for long haul". Globe and Mail. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20050405/DUHA05. 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." 
  5. ^ CP (2008-08-21). "Comrie to be traded to the Ducks?". SportsRant.com. http://www.sportsrant.com/comrie-traded-ducks-a1805.html. 
  6. ^ CBC.ca staff (2003-12-11). "Oilers' Comrie must pay for trade". CBC.ca. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2003/12/11/comrie031210.html. Retrieved 2003-12-11. 
  7. ^ Tim Panaccio (2008-08-21). "Bumped around, he's settled in with Ottawa". The Inquirer. http://www.hockeyforum.com/ottawa-senators/17095-comrie-once-flyer-has-found-his-niche.html. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  8. ^ TSN.ca staff (2006-08-04). "Coyotes sign Comrie to one-year deal". TSN.ca. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=173286. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  9. ^ Ken Warren (2007-07-06). "Islanders land Comrie, Guerin". Ottawa Citizen. http://www.canada.com/topics/sports/hockey/senatorsstory.html?id=5352d2da-91fc-45d8-b19e-14dd5c19bc0d&k=78173. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  10. ^ "Mike Comrie signs 1-year, $4 million deal to stay with Islanders". International Herald-Tribune. 2008-02-26. http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/02/26/sports/HKN-Islanders-Comrie.php. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  11. ^ "Islanders trade Comrie to Ottawa". Associated Press. 2009-02-20. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jhKTiKiXWB3zt5JTh-DqddgSFKCAD96FJP481. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  12. ^ Terry Jones (2007-05-28). "Comrie might have made it either way". canoe.ca. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Playoffs/Ottawa/2007/05/28/4214315-sun.html. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  13. ^ Mike Fleeman (2007-09-21). "Hilary Duff's Boyfriend Gives Her a Mercedes for Her Birthday". People. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20058187,00.html. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  14. ^ QMI Agency (2010-02-19). "Hilary Duff engaged to NHLer". Toronto Sun. http://www.torontosun.com/entertainment/celebrities/2010/02/19/12952681.html. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 

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