After 10 years, and six different teams, Comrie retires from the NHL due to hip inuries. (photo by: Andy Devlin)
Unable to overcome a series of hip injuries that have slowed him the last five years, 10-year NHL veteran Mike Comrie decided to retire as an active player Monday.
Comrie's agent, Ritch Winter, made the announcement. It comes two weeks after Comrie underwent his third hip surgery in five years.
Comrie played in 589 regular-season games and 32 playoff games with the Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins, twice scoring 30 goals in a season and five times scoring at least 20.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound center was drafted by Edmonton in the third round (No. 91) in 1999. The Edmonton native was a hometown hero, striking for 133 points in 192 games in his first three NHL seasons (2000-03).
"Playing at home in Edmonton in front of friends and family on the team I followed since I was young was something special," Comrie, 31, said in a statement. "My career has afforded me a series of phenomenal opportunities to play and become friends with some of the greatest people I have ever known and some of the greatest players who have ever played this game.
"To have made the lasting friendships I enjoy today with so many of my former teammates is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. It's the reward that has made all the hard work, the trades, the moves and the surgeries worthwhile."
A contract impasse led to Comrie being dealt to the Flyers in December 2003; he played only 21 games in Philadelphia before being traded to the Coyotes.
He was traded to the Senators in January 2007 and helped Ottawa reach the 2007 Stanley Cup Final.
After a stop with the Islanders, he returned to Edmonton in 2009 and had 13 goal and 21 points in 43 games in the 2009-10 season.
"Returning home for the 2009-10 season to the reception I received from the great fans of Edmonton, my teammates and the organization helped me realize how important the Oilers have always been to me," said Comrie. "To be able to return and play in a town I consider home is something I will never forget. I cannot thank (Oilers owner) Daryl Katz, (Oilers President of Hockey Operations) Kevin Lowe and (Oilers General Manager) Steve Tambellini enough for that opportunity."
His last NHL action came last season, when he had one goal and five assists with the Penguins in a season limited to just 21 games by hip problems.
Comrie also starred for two seasons at the University of Michigan (1998-2000), totaling 43 goals and 103 points in 82 games. He also won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2002 World Championship.
Comrie currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress and singer Hilary Duff, and the couple is expecting their first child in March.