Commodore puts ashore in Hamilton; Geoffrion expresses gratitude

Defenceman Mike Commodore has signed a Professional Tryout Contract with the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

Commodore, 33, has spent parts of 11 seasons in the National Hockey League with the New Jersey Devils, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, and Tampa Bay Lightning. In 484 regular season games, Commodore has registered 106 points (23 goals, 83 assists) and 683 penalty minutes. The 6’4”, 225-pound defenceman has also played 53 post-season games, notching eight points (2 goals, 6 assists) and 70 penalty minutes.

In 2004, Commodore was a member of the Calgary Flames’ Western Conference championship team which fell in seven games to Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup final. In 2006, he helped Carolina capture the Stanley Cup by defeating the Edmonton Oilers in seven games.

Commodore has played 244 regular season games in the AHL with the Albany River Rats, Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, Saint John Flames, Lowell Lock Monsters and Springfield Falcons. The native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, recorded 77 points (15 goals, 62 assists) and 588 penalty minutes during his time in the AHL.

Prior to turning professional, Commodore played three seasons of National Collegiate Athletic Association hockey with the University of North Dakota from 1997-2000, posting 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) and 382 penalty minutes in 106 regular season games. During the 1999-2000 season, he helped the Fighting Sioux win a Western Collegiate Hockey Association Championship title.

Commodore was originally selected by New Jersey in the second round, 42nd overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

He is scheduled to join the Bulldogs for practice on Saturday (Nov.24) from 12:40-1:55 p.m. at Wave Twin Rinks at 1179 Northside Road in Burlington. The practice is open to the public.

The Bulldogs’ next game is Sunday, Nov. 25 against the Lake Erie Monsters at Copps Coliseum at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, Bulldogs forward Blake Geoffrion, who suffered a depressed skull fracture during a game against the Syracuse Crunch on Nov. 9 at Montreal’s Bell Centre, issued a statement on Thursday (Nov. 22).

“I want to sincerely thank all fans, friends, family members and everyone from the hockey world for the incredible support I have received. I was cleared by the neurosurgeon and the club’s medical staff to return home for a three-week period of complete rest. I am very happy to be home for Thanksgiving,” said the U.S.-born Geoffrion.

“I would like to thank Dr. (David) Mulder and the club’s medical staff, as well as the entire medical personnel at the Montreal General Hospital for their extraordinary care. I am very grateful to Geoff Molson (president and CEO of the Montreal Canadiens) and Marc Bergevin (Canadiens’ general manager) for the unrelenting support they have shown myself and the members of my family. I also wish to thank all members of the media for respecting this healing period.”

Geoffrion underwent surgery on Nov. 9. No return date to rejoin the Bulldogs has been determined but the medical staff expects a complete recovery from his injury.