The Canadian athlete's recurring hip injury has caused him increasing problems in recent years, limiting him to just 127 games over the last three seasons.
He announced his decision to quit on Monday (13Feb12).
Comrie, 31, has been playing in the National Hockey League since he was drafted by his hometown team, the Edmonton Oilers, in 1999. He went on to play as a centre for the Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders, and finished his career at the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In a tweet to fans, Duff writes, "As many of u (sic) know mike has announced his retirement. Its (sic) a bittersweet day! He had a wonderful career! but 3 hip surgeries in 5 years is alot (sic)!"
But the timing of Comrie's retirement couldn't be better - singer/actress Duff is due to give birth to the couple's first child in the coming weeks.
The stars wed in 2010.
In preparation for AMC’s first foray into the realm of reality television, I had the pleasure of attending a press event hosted by the man himself, Kevin Smith. Smith and the stars of his new reality show, Comic Book Men, stood before a slew of journalists and waxed poetic on the soon-to-be televised depiction of their everyday lives working at Smith’s comic book store, Secret Stash, punctuated by a podcast led by Smith himself. The new series premieres on Sunday, Feb. 12 after the highly anticipated return of The Walking Dead and as Smith notes, “If we don’t score there, we’re never going to score anywhere.” The drama borne out of comic books should be the perfect primer for a series all about the world of comics and pop culture memorabilia, but in case you need some convincing, we’ve got a few reasons it’s worth a shot.
Photo by Ben Leuner/AMC 1. It’s not TV, it’s AMC. My apologies to HBO, but it would seem that AMC is taking over this territory in the last few years. With series most of us never dreamed we’d see on cable – 60s advertising playboys, meth-dealing chemistry teachers, and zombie infestations, oh my! – AMC is quickly becoming the place for the fantastically offbeat. Of course, seeing AMC take on reality TV is a little disconcerting in an age when “reality” has become a bit of a dirty word, but if there’s one thing AMC knows, it’s good television, so how bad could it be? Smith said he was uncertain about reality, but knew AMC was the one place he could do it right: These cats are telling the best stories. And it attracts you as a storyteller, as a performer I’m sure…They’ve got the ball right now. They’re the 1984 Edmonton Oilers of television. They’re a total dynasty. They can do no wrong. Plus, we’ve seen the first episode, and even a comic neophyte like me found it entertaining and dare I say it – really funny. 2.Geek culture is like a “Tiffany diamond.”Move over Big Bang Theory. Geek culture doesn’t have to be one-note, and in truth it really isn’t. Smith notes that characters like The Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons have prepared us for this day – if only Matt Groening knew he’s the reason Kevin Smith would one day get a reality show about comic books! – but Smith notes that Comic Book Men aims to challenge the simplistic view of geeks: Just hold [a mirror] up to that culture. And hold it up real—not a distorted funhouse mirror like, ‘These f***ers don’t get laid, and they live in basements!’ Three of the dudes who work in the store, they’re all married. They have kids. That part of their life is all sorted out. They just happen to want to live like Arthur for the rest of their lives… ...Most people are like, ‘Geeks! Nerds! Comics! It’s one-dimensional.’ Bulls**t. We all know that the fandom community, the geek community, those of us that like pop culture, it’s as [multi]-faceted as a Tiffany diamond. You can explore in way different directions. 3.True crazy is free. Some reality shows need the booze flowing and sleep deprivation to get something interesting out of their subjects, but not Comic Book Men. From the stars of the show to the crazies coming into sell their pop culture wares, it’s all real. The Comic Book Men in question – Walt, Michael, Bryan, and Ming – have known each other for years, and they’ve known Smith for years, which signals one very important thing: they’ve got plenty to say and plenty of snark and sarcasm to go with it. And as for the folks filing into the store? Sure, the producers sent out word about when cameras would be rolling at the store, but the crazy is all their own. Smith says, they didn’t solicit strange people, “‘Hey man, here’s fifty bucks, can you play a psycho?’ No! It’s crazy! If you ask psychos to show up, they’ll show up for free!" 4.It’s Abed Nadir-approved – sayonara Talking Heads, hello Podcast. We cannot say for sure that the fictional pop culture guru from Community actually endorses this show, but we’d wager he would. AMC doesn’t do anything conventionally, so it makes sense that their reality show would do away with the contrived confessional interviews that help create story out of nothing on every other “reality” show. They created a podcast that’s exclusively for the series, “They just let us roll and sit there and talk for a while. And we find little snippets where, if it makes us laugh, we know it’s going to make anybody else laugh. Because we hate ourselves,” said Smith. And you know what? It accomplishes the same thing those talking heads do without forcing our stars to answer oddly worded questions so they end up “confessing” to facts that aren’t there. Instead, we just get more riffing – and since that’s the series’ bread and butter, more riffing is always a good thing. 5.Chemistry, baby. These guys have known each other for years – and it shows. Our four main cohorts aren’t afraid to strike up an argument over a minor detail – or even systematically knock one another’s prized memorabilia off a table like the burliest 12 year-olds in history. That’s what friends do, right? Smith spoke passionately about the core of the series: It literally took me back fifteen, seventeen years to before I made the flicks and we were all just sitting around, hanging out. It was the same feel as that. And the one thing I know from all the podcasts we’ve done and the movies and the commentary tracks on the movies, what people like is when you’re sitting around talking to your friends, they feel like they’re in the room. They feel like they’re a part of the conversation. The highest compliment you can be paid is, “You guys talk about the same stuff me and my friends talk about.” And when that comes together, like it does on Comic Book Men, that’s what you call chemistry. And ladies, the series may be a self-proclaimed sausage party, but good TV knows no gender…baby. 6.Jason Mewes is coming. This is true, Kevin Smith said so. And honestly, how could he not stop by? The store is called Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash – you couldn’t have a show about it without seeing Jay at least once! 7.You’ll already be watching The Walking Dead, Nerds! Seriously, just be lazy for once. Let the remote sit on that table two steps away from the couch. It would be so easy to just keep watching, and if there’s anything I’m a promoter of, it’s laziness. Comic Book Men airs Sunday, Feb. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on AMC. Will you be watching? Do you have questions about the series? Let me know in the comments or get at me on Twitter @KelseaStahler
The towering former American football star, who played Moses Hightower in the film franchise, was found dead at his home in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles on Wednesday (03Aug11).
Before he became a film star, Smith played for the Oakland Raiders, Houston Oilers and Baltimore Colts, with whom he won a Super Bowl.
After walking away from his sports career in the late 1970s, he found success on TV in series like Good Times, Charlie's Angels and Wonder Woman. He also landed the lead role of Lyman 'Bubba' Kelsey in 1984's Blue Thunder.
He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988 and Michigan State retired his jersey in 2006.
Police had not determined a cause of death by press time, but the Los Angeles Times reports Smith died of natural causes. Officials do not suspect foul play.
The L.A. Times is reporting that Bubba Smith, a star NFL defensive end who parlayed his gridiron success into a career in Hollywood, was found dead today in his Baldwin Hills home. Though a cause of death has not yet been determined, police say there are no indications of foul play. Known for his fearsome size (he was 6'7"), Smith twice earned All-America honors at Michigan State before joining the NFL, where he played for nine seasons as a member of the Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders, and Houston Oilers. He turned to acting in the late '70s, and became best-known for his role as Moses Hightower in Police Academy. He was 66.
Source: LA Times
The pair has been an item since February 2008 and the stars have a home in Toronto, Canada, where Domi played for the Maple Leafs team.
Opening up about her romance with Domi, Nip/Tuck star Carlson tells Star magazine, "I have a boyfriend I've been with for a while. Tie Domi. We live in Toronto when I'm not working."
Carlson is part of an elite group of celebrities to have found love with ice hockey players; Hilary Duff is dating Edmonton Oilers player Mike Comrie and Carrie Underwood is romancing Ottawa Senator Mike Fisher.
The actress has accused Edmonton Oilers player Sheldon Souray of reviving their relationship after a year-long separation, before convincing her to agree to a divorce in a bid to give the couple a "fresh start", reports TMZ.com.
But according to Bridges' lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Souray only wanted to make their split official to prevent her from taking any of his new $27 million (£18 million) contract with the National Hockey League.
Bridges is seeking $14 million (£9.3 million) in damages, on top of the monthly $18,000 (£12,000) she receives in child support.
The couple, who married in 2002, has two children, daughters Valentina Raine and Scarlett Skye.