Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Paul Comrie
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.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1993-94 Fort Saskatchewan Traders AJHL 55 7 23 30 50 6 0 1 1 2
1994-95 Fort Saskatchewan Traders AJHL 51 30 37 67 121
1995-96 University of Denver WCHA 38 13 10 23 61
1996-97 University of Denver WCHA 40 21 28 49 72
1997-98 University of Denver WCHA 33 17 23 40 72
1998-99 University of Denver WCHA 40 18 31 49 84
1998-99 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 7 0 1 1 0 -2 8 1 3 4 2
1999-00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 15 1 2 3 4 -2
1999-00 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 12 3 3 6 6 -5
NHL Totals 15 1 2 3 4


Brother of Mike
WCHA First All-Star Team (1999)
NCAA West Second All-American Team (1999)
Traded to Edmonton by Tampa Bay with Roman Hamrlik for Bryan Marchment, Steve Kelly and Jason Bonsignore, December 30, 1997.
Missed remainder of 1999-2000 season and entire 2000-01 due to concussion vs. Tampa Bay, January 7, 2000.
Officially announced retirement, August 31, 2001.