Mike and his wife, Ania, have a young daughter… They spend their summers in Florida and have a Doberman named Lady… He is involved with Camp Ooch, an organization that provides summer camps and other opportunities for children with cancer… His nicknames include Komo and Big Clydesdale… Mike started playing hockey at age 10 and his first team was the Suffolk PAL… His parents were the biggest influence on his career, and the best advice he's ever been given was "Believe you can and you're halfway there"… His favorite teams growing up were the Islanders and Rangers and favorite player was Scott Stevens… His first job was working for his father fixing cars… Mike's favorite television show is Family Guy, favorite movie is Anchorman, favorite actor is Will Ferrell and favorite band is The Lumineers… His favorite vacation is fishing at Langara Island in British Columbia… He is on Twitter at username @mkomisarek… His favorite sports to play outside of hockey are golf and squash… His favorite sport to watch is football and favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Phil Mickelson… He was a Long Island free throw champion as a kid… His favorite restaurant is Maroni in Northport, NY… The person he would most like to meet is Bill Gates… His favorite road city is Chicago, favorite road arena is Madison Square Garden and favorite team to play against is Montreal… His favorite former teammate is Saku Koivu… His most memorable hockey moments were his first NHL goal and playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs… His biggest game-day habits are new laces in skates and taping a new stick.
Completed his 10th NHL season and fourth with the Maple Leafs, appearing in four games and totaling two penalty minutes… Also played seven games on the AHL level for the Toronto Marlies, registering 10 penalty minutes… Was a season-high (+3) for the Maple Leafs at PIT (1/23)… Was a healthy extra for 26 NHL games… Made his AHL season debut at Chicago (3/22)… Appeared in six Calder Cup Playoff games for the Toronto Marlies, earning one assist.
Enters his 11th NHL season and first with the Hurricanes… Signed a one-year contract with Carolina on July 5, 2013… Was Montreal’s first-round selection, seventh overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft… Had totaled 77 points (14g, 63a) and 665 penalty minutes in 519 career NHL games with Montreal and Toronto entering the 2013-14 season… Was a starter for the Eastern Conference at the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal… Has represented the United States in a number of international competitions, including the 2001 and 2002 World Junior Championships and the 2006 and 2011 II HF World Championships… Was named to the roster for the United States at the 2010 Olympic Games but was unable to participate due to injury.
1999-00: Spent a season in the United States National Team Development Program, totaling 13 points (5g, 8a) and 124 penalty minutes in 51 USHL games.
2000-01: Earned 16 points (4g, 12a) and totaled 77 penalty minutes during his freshman season at Michigan… Named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team… Helped the Wolverines advance to the 2001 Frozen Four before falling to eventual champion Boston College in the semifinals… Played seven games at the II HF World Junior Championship for the United States.
2001-02: Netted 11 goals and added 19 assists (30 points) in 40 games during his sophomore season at Michigan… Named to the NCAA West First All-American Team… Led Michigan to the Frozen Four for the second consecutive year before the Wolverines fell to Minnesota in the national semifinals… Again represented the United States at the World Junior Championship, earning two assists in seven games… Completed his collegiate career with 46 points (15g, 31a) and 147 penalty minutes in 81 games.
2002-03: Completed his first professional season, splitting the year between Montreal (NHL) and Hamilton (AHL)… Earned one assist and totaled 28 penalty minutes in 21 NHL games with the Canadiens… Had 30 points (5g, 25a) and 79 penalty minutes in 56 AHL games… Played in the AHL All-Star Game for PlanetUSA and was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team… Led Hamilton defensemen in scoring at the time of his recall on 2/28… Played in 21 consecutive NHL games after his recall… Made his NHL debut vs. BUF (2/19)… Earned his first NHL point with an assist vs. NYR (4/5)… Totaled one goal and five assists in 23 AHL playoff games as Hamilton captured the Eastern Conference championship before falling to Houston in seven games in the Calder Cup Finals.
2003-04: Split the season between Montreal (NHL) and Hamilton (AHL), totaling four assists and 34 penalty minutes in 46 NHL games with the Canadiens… Scored two goals and earned seven assists (9 points) in 18 AHL games… Recorded his first NHL multi-point game with two assists vs. TOR (3/13)… Was plus or even in 38 of his 46 NHL games… Made his Stanley Cup playoff debut for Montreal, registering eight penalty minutes in seven games as the Canadiens topped Boston before falling to eventual Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay.
2004-05: Played 20 AHL games for Hamilton, registering five points (1g, 4a) and 49 penalty minutes… Earned one assist in four Calder Cup playoff games as Hamilton was swept by Rochester.
2005-06: Totaled six points (2g, 4a) and 116 penalty minutes in his first full NHL season with Montreal… Ranked third among Canadiens players in hits (154)… Netted his first NHL goal, beating Olaf Kolzig at WSH (3/20)… Was even or plus in 34 of the last 36 games of the regular season (1/25-4/18)… Was (+2) with 10 penalty minutes in six Stanley Cup Playoff games as Montreal fell to eventual champion Carolina in the first round… Represented the United States at the II HF World Championship, earning one assist in seven games.
2006-07: Established NHL career highs in games played (82), goals (4), assists (15) and points (19)… Ranked fourth in the NHL and second among league defensemen in hits (248)… Was second among Montreal skaters in blocked shots (147) and shorthanded goals (2)… Ranked third among Canadiens skaters in plus/minus (+7) and average ice time per game (19:15).
2007-08: Ranked first in the NHL in hits (266) and second in blocked shots (227)… Was first among Canadiens skaters in both hits and blocked shots during the months of October, November, December, January and February… Matched his career high with four goals… Was selected by the Montreal chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) as the Canadiens’ candidate for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy… Forced out of the lineup on 3/22 with a lower-body injury, ending his consecutive games played streak at 196… Played a career-high 12 Stanley Cup playoff games, earning three points (1g, 2a) as Montreal topped Boston in the first round before falling to Philadelphia.
2008-09: Totaled 11 points (2g, 9a) and a career-high 121 penalty minutes in 66 games for Montreal… Ranked fourth in the NHL in blocked shots (207) and ninth among league defensemen in hits (191)… Was selected as a starter for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game, held in Montreal… Ranked first among Canadiens skaters in hits (39) and blocked shots (38) in October… Led the team in plus/minus (+3), hits (46) and blocked shots (40) during the month of January and also led the team in blocked shots in February (45) and March (37).
2009-10: Played his first season for Toronto, registering four assists and 40 penalty minutes in 34 games played… Was selected by his teammates as Toronto’s nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the player that best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy contribution in his community… Made his Maple Leafs debut and recorded his 500th career penalty minute vs. MTL (10/1)… Missed eight games from 11/13-11/27 due to a leg injury… Was named to Team USA for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games on 1/1, but was unable to participate in the Olympics because of injury… Left the game at CGY (1/2) due to a shoulder injury, and had season-ending surgery, missing the final 40 games (1/5-4/10).
2010-11: Totaled 10 points (1g, 9a) and 86 penalty minutes in 75 games for Toronto… Ranked third on the team in hits (146) and penalty minutes… Scored his first goal with the Leafs at NYR (10/15)… Played his 400th career NHL game vs. NYI (10/18)… Registered his 600th career penalty minute with a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct vs. PHI (3/10)… Left the game at CAR (3/16) with a groin injury and missed the following three games… Represented the United States at the 2011 II HF World Championship, serving as an alternate captain and earning two points (1g, 1a) in seven games.
2011-12: Appeared in 45 games for the Maple Leafs, earning five points (1g, 4a) with 41 penalty minutes… Earned assists in consecutive games from 10/27- 10/29… Was (+3) in consecutive games from 11/2-11/13… Netted his only goal of the season vs. PHX (11/15)… Missed 21 games due to an upper-body injury (11/19-1/5)… Played his 500th career NHL game vs. FLA (2/28)… Was a healthy extra for 16 games.