10 Questions with... Mike Commodore
BlueJackets.com: What were your first impressions after you signed with Columbus?
Mike Commodore: I was excited, of course. I chose to come here. I was excited about the moves they were making — they told me there was a plan in place, and they were going to execute it. I guess my first experience with the city has really been the last couple of days (visiting for the first time). It’s been great, it’s a nice city and everyone has been welcoming.
CBJ: How excited are you to be here?
MC: I’m very excited. I think this is going to be a good fit for me. When I was trying to decide where I was going to go, a lot of things went into it. You get to do it once, so I wanted to do it right.
CBJ: What did you know about Columbus before arriving?
MC: Not much (laughing). My only experiences here have been staying a night in a hotel, getting up and playing the next day. I didn’t know too much, but I did know that the rink is nice, the building is nice and the surrounding area is nice. I lived in Cincinnati for a year, so I’ve been in Ohio before, and it’s not too unfamiliar. I know that Ohio State is here, and that’s about it.
CBJ: How would your teammates describe your personality?
MC: Hopefully in a good way! I’m pretty easy to get along with, but serious when it comes to hockey. I like having fun, and I like having a good time. Part of winning and having a good team is enjoying yourself. It’s very important. I think I’m someone who is a laid back, fun-loving guy.
CBJ: What is your favorite NHL arena?
MC: Bell Centre in Montreal.
CBJ: Describe your style of play.
MC: My style of play is defense-first. I try to be physical, in people’s faces and be hard to play against. Every once in a while, I like to chip in offensively. That’s not my #1 job, but I like to do it. I’m a guy who plays tough 5-on-5 and kills penalties.
CBJ: When did you start playing hockey?
MC: I started skating when I was four years old. I guess around the age of 5, I started actually playing.
CBJ: What are your hobbies during the off-season?
MC: Well, I like to golf. I don’t do much (laughing). I golf, I workout. That’s really about it. Sometimes, I’ll go on a trip and see something new. I’ll go out and have some fun, but for the most part, it’s relaxing and taking it easy.
CBJ: Which Blue Jackets are you looking forward to playing with?
MC: I was fortunate enough a year ago to play in the World Championships with Jason Chimera and Rick Nash. Obviously, Rick is the leader here. He’s the captain and a very talented player. It’ll be fun to play with him, of course. Chimera is fun, too, I had a good time with him at the World Championships so it’ll be great.
CBJ: Do you prefer to stay in for dinner, or go out?
MC: Out, for sure (laughs). I can’t cook.