Living his dream

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

RALEIGH -- To Mike Commodore, it was even better then he imagined.

Having been on the losing end of a Game 7 two years ago, the Fort Saskatchewan native got a chance to take a lap with the Stanley Cup last night.

"I don't even know how to describe it, that was unbelievable," said the Carolina Hurricanes defenceman after their 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final. "It's one of the first times in my life I'm at a loss for words.

"I can't believe it's happening, it's very, very rewarding."

Commodore was a member of the Calgary Flames two years ago when the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup.

USED SPARINGLY THEN

Back then, Commodore was used sparingly and did not play in games 6 and 7 of the series as the Flames fell in the seventh and deciding game.

This time around, he was one of the pillars on the Hurricanes blue line.

"It was tough two years ago and kind of a bitter pill to swallow," said Commodore. "But this year's pill is pretty easy to swallow. I'm so happy I came here and they traded for me. I don't know what else to say, but I'm proud of everybody in the organization."

Commodore was acquired by the Hurricanes last summer. He finished the playoffs with two goals and two assists.

FOUND OUT IN VEGAS

"I was at a Bad Boyz hockey tournament in Las Vegas and I found out at about eight in the morning that I was traded," Commodore said. "The phone was ringing off the hook and I figured I should answer it about the 20th time somebody had called. I found out I got traded to Carolina. I didn't know much about the team, but it's unbelievable. It's nice when things work out."

Commodore plans on bringing the Stanley Cup back home to Fort Saskatchewan. He would also like to bring it back to the University of North Dakota where he went to school.

"That was the place where I became a man and became a better hockey player," he said. "I grew by leaps and bounds there and I'd like to go back."


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