It's funny, I just found out that my wife teaches Mike Komisarek's sister.
She always told me that one of her student's brother was expected to play in
the minors next year but I didn't think much of it. I just called and asked
her who it was and sure enough the last name is Komisarek. I met the girl
briefly at a school event, if I would have known then who her brother was I
would have talked her ear off....LOL
Sent: Friday, June 01, 2001 4:27 PM
Subject: [NewYorkIslanders] Komisarek is big enough to make draft impact
By Kevin Allen, USA TODAY
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. â" When some folks see 6-4, 242-pound defenseman
Mike Komisarek wandering around University of Michigan's Yost Arena,
they assume he has gotten lost on the way to the football practice
"People always joke that I should be over at the football program
working with (coach) Lloyd Carr," Komisarek said Thursday as the top
prospects for the June 23-24 draft were introduced to the media.
Komisarek does play like an outside linebacker on skates, which is
why he is considered a possible top-10 selection in the June draft in
Miami. At least two NHL teams have him ranked in the top five, and
one team has him ranked second. If he lands anywhere in the top 10,
he will probably be the first American chosen.
Think of him as a Derian Hatcher-style defenseman with potential to
put points on the board. He has played at 246 pounds, and it's not
unthinkable that he could play at 250 pounds and be a No. 2
defenseman â" a defenseman who can play on the power play.
"He plays tough every game," said Ohio State forward R.J. Umberger,
also a potential first-rounder. "But the most surprising thing for
him is that for a man his size he moves good, and he's offensively
Word on Komisarek is that he has a mean streak and a desire to be the
best player he can be.
"He's like a sponge," said Michigan assistant Mel Pearson.
At Michigan, he is playing for former NHL player Red Berenson, whose
tough-love coaching approach appeals to the serious-minded Komisarek.
"When I was recruited, I was intimidated by him," Komisarek
said. "The first time I was in his office, he has all these trophies
in there. You are in awe sitting in that room."
With Jeff Jillson now moving to the San Jose Sharks, Komisarek
becomes Michigan's No. 1 defenseman.
"In my 13 years at Michigan, I've never seen a defenseman with his
size and mobility," Pearson said.
The Long Island native is so mild-mannered away from the game that
it's difficult to believe he's the same guy crunching opponents on
"He's like the All-American kid, and that's real," Pearson
said. "That's what he's like."
He has forever had a hockey stick in his hand â" growing up a fan of
the New York Islanders during Pat LaFontaine's heyday â" yet folks
have always tried to get him to don a football helmet.
When he was in high school in St. Anthony's, he said the football
coach would come constantly to his gym class to recruit him.
"Every week, same questions," Komisarek said. "He told me everything
would be paid. But I never really had an interest in football."
This is Islander Country.
As the list heads into June we will have full coverage of the draft
prospects, the remainder of the NHL Season, Islander news and a full review
of potential free agents.
The 39th NHL Entry Draft takes place June 23 and 24 in Sunrise, Florida.
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