FORMER NHL star Mike Commodore won a Stanley Cup in his almost 20-year professional career. When that ended, he found a surprising — and brief — new job.
The defenseman who played 484 NHL games since he was drafted in 1999, took up the job while living in Scottsdale, Arizona last year.
“Uber was a thing where I retired three years ago, I got a lot of time off, you end up going out too much,” Commodore said while in Australia for the Ice Hockey Classic starting June 17 in Sydney.
“I was single so I didn’t want to stay at home but I was tired of going out to the bars.
“So Uber was a good way to go out. I’m driving so I’m not gong to have anything to drink and met some new people. I did that for about 70-80 rides. It was interesting, I had a good time.”
Commodore said the side gig came to a screeching halt after an unfortunate vomiting incident on Halloween.
“I had a female and her boyfriend in the car, and that was an experience, I had enough [after that], and haven’t Ubered since.”
In his Uber-driving life, Commodore also gave a ride to the niece of a former teammate and encountered some Columbus Blue Jackets players that couldn’t believe he had played three seasons with the very same team years earlier. Commodore shared each unique experience on his lively Twitter account, ‘@commie22’.
Though his Uber days are now over, Commodore is back on the ice to showcase the sport to Australians in Sydney in Melbourne and support the Stop Concussions Foundation.
Sydney — Qudos Bank Arena: Saturday 17 June, 2017
Melbourne — Hisense Arena: Saturday 24 June, 2017