Right-winger Paul Comrie was forced to retire at just 24 years of age because of post-concussion syndrome resulting from an elbow to the head during an AHL game.
Comrie spent 15 games in the NHL during his short career, all of them with the Edmonton Oilers. Comrie was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning but he was sent to Edmonton as part of the blockbuster deal that landed former first overall draft pick Roman Hamrlik with the Oilers. Comrie had four years with the University of Denver to his credit when he joined the Oilers farm club in Hamilton late in the 1998-99 campaign.
He suited up for seven games to end that season and registered one assist. During the Bulldogs playoff run he played eight more games and scored his only playoff goal while adding three assists.
The 1999-2000 schedule saw Comrie make his NHL debut and he was able to score a goal and assist on two others during his short stint in the big leagues. Back in Hamilton, Comrie played just 12 games before he was leveled by an elbow on January 7, 2000. One full year after the hit passed, Comrie was still experiencing headaches and dizziness his career began to be in doubt. On September 1, 2001 Comrie announced his retirement.
With his hockey career prematurely over, Comrie looked toward a career in business and was albe to keep a strong tie to hockey and the Edmonton Oilers through his younger brother Mike who joined them mid-way through the 2000-01 season and quickly became one of their key players.