Mike Commodore was born November 7, 1979 in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, and followed his hockey dreams to the University of North Dakota. In three seasons at North Dakota, Commodore scored 10 goals and 20 assists for 30 points, and added 382 penalty minutes in 106 games. In his final season at North Dakota (1999-2000), Commodore helped the Fighting Sioux capture the NCAA Championship.
Drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Commodore started the 2000-2001 season with the Albany River Rats of the AHL, but was summoned to the parent Devils and played his first NHL game in the early portion of the season. For the better part of his first two professional seasons, Commodore split his time between New Jersey and Albany, before being acquired by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the summer of 2002.
Upon his arrival in Anaheim, Commodore would see the majority of his playing time with the club's AHL affiliate in Cincinnati before having his rights dealt to the Calgary Flames in the latter stages of the 2002-03 season. Once in Calgary, the former UND grad would split his time between the Flames and there AHL affiliate in Saint-John.
After spending the majority of the 2003-04 season in the AHL with the Lowell Lock Monsters, Commodore was summoned to Calgary in the latter stages of the season and was key performer on the club's blue line through their drive to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final. The Calgary Flames however would finish short of their goal losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning in game seven of the Stanley Cup final.
Commodore was acquired by the Carolina Hurricanes on July 1, 2006 signing a two-year contract with the club. He found himself quickly back in the NHL playoffs, this time however as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. Throughout the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals Commodore delivered hit after hit and blocked a total of 44 shots. His passionate play earned his name a spot on Lord Stanley's Cup as the Carolina Hurricanes became champions of the NHL in 2006. Famous for his wild red hair, Mike shaved his head in June of 2006 raising 14,000 for the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research.
On February 11, 2008, Commodore's stint in Carolina came to an end when the club dealt the fan favourite with Cory Stillman to the Ottawa Senators for Joe Corvo and Patrick Eaves. He would go on to compete in 26 regular season games and after the Sens were eliminated from the first round of the NHL playoffs, changes were expected to be made in the offseason.
Commodore was not resigned by the Senators, and the as an unrestricted free agent he signed a five year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 1, 2008.
In summer of 2011, the Blue Jackets decided to buy out the remaining two years of Commodore's contract. The move made the big defenceman an unrestricted free agent and on July 1, he inked a deal with the Detroit Red Wings.
Commodore struggled to crack the powerful Red Wings lineup. He appeared in just 13 games for the club before being moved to the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 2012 NHL trade deadline in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
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