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Mike Komisarek

Mike Komisarek  #5

NUMBER: 5 BIRTHDATE: January 19, 1982
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: West Islip, NY, United States
WEIGHT: 235 DRAFTED: MTL / 2001 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (7th overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Komisarek threw 266 hits in 2007-08 to lead all NHL defensemen and trailed only, league-leader, Dustin Brown of the Kings, who dished out 311 hits. <br /> <br /> While injured, Guy Carbonneau had Komisarek behind the bench for a few games: &quot;Carbo told me to make sure I brought a tie to the game because I was going to be behind the bench. I definitely had some butterflies and I was pretty nervous, thinking how it would be back there. But it was an awesome experience ... as a player, you focus on the little details of your job and your own role. As a spectator behind the bench -- I don't want to say coach, because I don't know that I was one -- I had a whole new appreciation for the game. It's so fast from that level.&quot; <br /> <br /> The former University of Michigan All-American has a home on Long Island five minutes away from teammate Chris Higgins in Huntington. They work out together at a training center during the summer called Institute 3E, in a regular group that includes Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro and Calgary forward Eric Nystrom. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On his style of play: &quot;It's not a glamorous thing. It's blocking shots, hitting guys, but it's something I enjoy doing. Like I said, it's not glamorous, but it's effective and it's something my team needs me to do. It's using this body for trying to get in the way, breaking up plays, blocking shots. Making guys on the other team pay the price and taking away the will (from opponents) to play and compete.&quot; <br /> <br /> On his desire to be better: &quot;When I was younger, I was never the most talented player, but I was big and I loved playing the game. I worked hard and that's something that always stayed with me. When I go back home for the summer, we're always looking for an extra edge to help us get better. You never want to get complacent or comfortable as a player. You're always striving to be one of the best.&quot; <br /> <br /> On blocking shots: &quot;Most of the shots we block are a matter of getting into the shooting lanes. I'll go down on one knee, but I always keep at least one foot on the ice. When you see guys diving, it might be when they're trying to catch up to the play or when they're moving on the penalty-kill. Most of the time, I'm trying to get my stick or my body in the way.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Montreal goaltender Carey Price: &quot;Komo's a huge part of the picture. He's a real big gun on the ice, not so much offensively, but as far as blocking shots and being a physical presence out there. He makes a big difference.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="" target="_blank">Komisarek benefits from parents' sacrifices</a><br /> <a href=";cmpid=rss" target="_blank">Komisarek pays tribute to his mom</a><br /> <a target="_blank" href="">Komisarek suits up for stint behind bench</a><br /> <a target="_blank" href="">Spotlight on Mike Komisarek</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href=";id=4671">Komisaek Feature</a><br /> <br />
Quote of the Day

We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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