Room with a 'do

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET


 Mike Commodore gives new meaning to the phrase 'late checkout.'

 As the Flames prepare to hit the road for another gruelling trip to South Florida, the big Flames blueliner doesn't bat an eye.

 His suitcase is already packed.

 Or maybe it has never been unpacked.

 The 24-year-old has stayed in one hotel or another -- even when the team is in Calgary -- since being recalled by the Flames Feb. 9.

 "My year has been one big road trip," Commodore says. "I don't even know what it's like to live in a house anymore."

 And this, believe it or not, isn't his longest stay at a hotel.

 "It's been almost four months so it's getting pretty close," he says.

 "But my second year in New Jersey, I spent almost the whole year there.

 "It was a big adjustment during my first couple of years. But out of my first four years in pro, I bet I've spent half of it in a hotel so it's no big deal."

 The 6-ft. 4-in., 230-pounder began his career with the Devils in 2000 when he scored his one and only NHL goal against, coincidentally, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

 After a trade to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Commodore suited up in the AHL for Cincinnati before joining Calgary's former affiliate in Saint John, N.B.

 He started this season in Lowell before joining the big club midway through the season.

 Maybe it's just easier, then, to seek temporary lodging.

 Plus, living in a hotel does have its perks.

 "If you have a good room, like a suite, it's all right," he says. "At first, it kind of bugged me but you get used to it.

 "You have room service. If you're hungry, food's just a phone call away. The maids make your bed every day so your room's usually clean.

 "All you have to do is pick up your clothes."

 With the Flames struggling to duplicate their road success at the 'Dome, the players decided to stay in a hotel prior to Game 6 of the Western Conference final against the San Jose Sharks.

 They advanced to the Stanley Cup final the following night and have elected to continue with their alternate sleeping arrangements during this series.

 Commodore, stuck in a hotel by himself for so long, is happy to have the company.

 "I had to change hotels but it's nice to have a roommate. That's different."


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