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Weird Islanders: The Podcast! - Episode 37 - Mike Comrie (with guest Ethan from Gotham Sports Network)

Uh... don’t you have some more important places to be, ma’am?

Joined by Gotham Sports Network founder and Giants podcaster Ethan, Mike and Dan remember Mike Comrie, who brought a lot of skill and a very famous significant other to a downtrodden Islanders club.

After 30-goal seasons in Edmonton and Phoenix and a run to the Stanley Cup final with Ottawa, Comrie signed with a mercenary Islanders team looking for all the skill it could find. The forward added just that in his first season, but an injury-plagued second year spelled the end of his time on Long Island.

More importantly, Comrie’s fiancée at the time was Disney Channel star Hilary Duff, who brought a strange and undeserved amount of celebrity to a team and an arena devoid of glitz or glamour.

Mike, Dan and Ethan talk about how odd it was seeing a super famous actress/singer/crush at random empty Islanders games and how that short episode presaged the public’s current obsession with the Taylor Swift/Travis Kelce relationship. Yes, the episode is “about” Mike Comrie but trust us, it’s really about Hilary Duff.

Thanks again to Ethan for coming on. Check out his work at Gotham Sports Network if you’re a Giants fan. And he’s a must-follow on Twitter at @EthanGSN.


  • “Comrie was barely 23 years old and being shuffled around the NHL like a bag of pucks.”
  • Islanders GM Garth Snow had Bill Guerin and Comrie at the top of his free agency list in the summer of 2007.
  • Here’s the infamous picture Mike mentioned:
Comrie, Sutton, Fedotenko, Guerin
  • Comrie started his Islanders career in scorching fashion, netting six points on four goals and two assists in a season opening home-at-home against Buffalo.
  • He signed a $4M extension to play for the rebuilding Islanders in 2008-09.
  • But offseason hip surgery would hamper him. He could still occasionally bring the goals, though.
  • Photographic proof that the actual Hilary Duff did appear at Islanders games during this time.
  • Comrie’s NHL odyssey was a one-of-a-kind ride, that’s for sure.

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  • Played one (1) season or less for the Islanders or very short stints over multiple seasons.
  • Be a veteran NHLer who is not generally associated with his time on Islanders.

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