Canadian Mike Comrie has decided to hang up his skates and retire, following an unsuccessful comeback bid from a series of hip injuries that have dogged the 31-year-old NHLer in recent years.
The Edmonton, Alberta native represented Canada at three IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships, scoring twelve points in 25 games at the 2002, 2003, and 2006 World Championships. In 2003, Comrie helped Team Canada to a gold medal. Canada won the final game in overtime 3-2 over Sweden.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound centre was drafted by his hometown team Edmonton Oilers in the third round (No. 91) in 1999. He became a local hero in his first NHL seasons, notching 133 points in 192 games in his first three NHL seasons. In total, 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.
Comrie’s announcement came two weeks after he underwent his third hip surgery in five years. 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. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress and singer Hilary Duff, and the couple is expecting their first child in March. Comrie announced he will pursue business interests in L.A.
“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,” Comrie said in a statement released by his agent.