Komisarek with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2013
January 19, 1982|
West Islip, New York, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||243 lb (110 kg; 17 st 5 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs
|National team||United States|
7th overall, 2001|
Michael Komisarek (born January 19, 1982) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who spent his career with the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Komisarek began playing competitively on Long Island, New York, starting off in the Suffolk PAL organization. He played two years of Varsity hockey at St. Anthony's High School. He then played for the New England Jr. Coyotes of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) under legendary coach Gary Dineen. He was then picked up by USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. He is a student of the respected Lithuanian hockey coach Aleksey Nikiforov.
Komisarek played two seasons at the University of Michigan, compiling 46 points and 145 penalty minutes in 80 games. He helped the Wolverines men's ice hockey team to a 55–24–10 mark, a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) title and two trips to the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship. One of his teammates was fellow Long Islander Eric Nystrom. Komisarek was also named a First Team Division I All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association in 2002.
After two seasons with the University of Michigan, Komisarek was selected seventh overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. He played his first NHL game in the 2002–03 season with the Canadiens. He re-signed with the Canadiens in 2007 for a two-year, $3.5 million, along with his friend Chris Higgins, who is also from Long Island.
Komisarek scored his first NHL goal on March 20, 2006, against the Washington Capitals, where he was named the first star of the game. His willingness to stand up for his teammates and his hard-hitting style made him a fan favorite in the Bell Centre.
In July 2009, Komisarek signed a five-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs worth an average of $4.5 million per season. On January 2, 2010, Komisarek injured his shoulder in a game against the Calgary Flames, and on February 3, it was revealed that he would require season-ending surgery. This also meant Komisarek would miss the 2010 Winter Olympics, as he was chosen to represent United States.
On March 20, 2013, Komisarek was placed on waivers by the Maple Leafs. On March 21, 2013, he cleared waivers and with his permission was assigned to the Maple Leafs' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, for the remainder of the 2012–13 season. With one year left on his contract with the Maple Leafs, Komisarek was released as a free agent after his contract was used in a compliance buy-out on July 2, 2013.
In September 2014, Komisarek was signed to a professional try-out (PTO) contract by the New Jersey Devils, but was released from it shortly after.
Komisarek is of Polish descent. His father, Roman Komisarek, was 24 when he moved to the United States, where he eventually opened an auto-body repair shop on Long Island. Roman Komisarek left his wife Kathy behind in Poland until he could earn enough to afford an apartment and support her. Komisarek stated that, "At that time, my parents knew they wanted to start a family and give me and my sister a better opportunity. [...](My father) moved to Brooklyn, found a job and didn't know the language at all. He just had the clothes on his back. Now, we have a nice home on Long Island, and my parents provided everything we ever needed. I always carried that with me. I always wanted to make them proud." Komisarek also has a sister named Joanne, who is two years younger than he is. His sister is a graduate of Boston College. He also speaks Polish.
In 2014, Komisarek announced that he would be resuming studies at the University of Michigan through the athletic department's Degree Completion Program. On January 9, 2015, Michigan Wolverines head coach Red Berenson announced that Komisarek would join the coaching staff as an undergraduate student assistant.
Regular season and playoffs
|1998–99||New England Jr. Coyotes||EJHL||53||17||24||41||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–2000||U.S. NTDP Juniors||USHL||51||5||8||13||124||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–2000||U.S. NTDP U18||NAHL||1||0||0||0||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–2000||U.S. NTDP U18||USDP||6||0||0||0||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||University of Michigan||CCHA||41||4||12||16||77||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||University of Michigan||CCHA||39||11||19||30||68||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||34||0||4||4||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||75||1||9||10||86||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||45||1||4||5||41||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||4||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
|All-CCHA Rookie Team||2000–01|
|All-CCHA First Team||2001–02|||
|CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman||2001–02|
|AHCA West First-Team All-American||2001–02|
|CCHA All-Tournament Team||2002|||
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