Hamilton signs Commodore to tryout

Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the club has signed defenseman Mike Commodore to a professional tryout contract.

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-foot-4, 225-pound defenseman has also played 53 postseason games, notching eight points (two goals, six assists) and 70 penalty minutes. In 2004, Commodore was a member of the Calgary Flames’ Western Conference championship team, and in 2006 he helped the Carolina Hurricanes capture the Stanley Cup.

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

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