Mike Comrie announced he was retiring from the National Hockey League after 11 seasons with six different clubs. Fans passed their well wishes on to the Daddy to be via Twitter and on the one day he was getting the most attention he let this tweet fly….
While its obvious spelling is not a prerequisite for playing hockey (as evidenced by Alexander Ovechkin’s regular butchering of the English language via Twitter), Comrie should have hit the spell check button before sending out a tweet with a word that only slightly resembled the word “decision.”
All kidding aside, Comrie is just 31 years old and his career was cut too short by debilitating injuries. He has been through three hip surgeries in the last five years and was limited to only 21 games last season. His latest surgery, two weeks ago, finally finished him off.
Comrie was selected 91st overall in the 1999 NHL entry draft by the Edmonton Oilers. He played from 2000-11 with the Edmonton Oilers (twice), Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, Ottawa Senators (twice), New York Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
During his career, Comrie had five 20-goal seasons, including two of 30 or more, and played in the 2007 Stanley Cup finals with Ottawa.
He was a feisty player that I saw quite a bit of because he played for three different Atlantic Division teams. It’s a shame his career could not have ended on his own terms.
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