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Mike Commodore addresses tenure with Wings, social media exploits in an intriguing interview

On Monday, former Wing Mike Commodore gave an intriguing interview to Top Sports Report's Allan Brown, and on Thursday, he addressed his time with the Red Wings and his relationships with fans over the course of a second interview with Brown:

“The fans have played a big part of my career,” he said. “Fans in every city I played in have always been very good to me. And I have always tried to be as good as possible to them in return. I shared as much of my time and energy as I could with them and I enjoyed every minute of it,” Commodore continued. “Whenever I would sign an autograph I would always remind myself to ‘Make sure you enjoy this’ because no matter who you are, sooner or later eventually nobody cares.”

And during his tours of the NHL the fans always rallied around him. That was never more evident than in Detroit, where a social media campaign for Commodore to wear the number 64 – in honor of the 80s Commodore 64 computer – on his sweater took on a life of its own.

“The Wings organization was great,” Commodore said. “Great front office, great fans and great players. I really loved the City of Detroit, especially the people around the City of Detroit, they are the best”

Commodore’s relationship with the fans was enhanced by social media- especially Twitter – where he frequently posts and always responds to fans. But has the outspoken Stanley Cup winner ever regretted anything he has said on the site?

“I don’t think I’ve ever gotten in real trouble on social media,” Commodore chuckled. “Before I send any tweet, I take a minute to make sure I am not saying something incredibly ignorant or hurtful. That being said, I have deleted a couple tweets a few minutes after I sent them, but I truly can’t remember what I tweeted.”

Brown continues at length, allowing Commodore to quash his rumored party-animal status...

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LivinLaVidaLockout's avatar

Cool guy, wish he would’ve ACTUALLY chosen #64 haha

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 06/06/14 at 12:19 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Exchanged a couple of tweets with him back then.  Pretty good guy after being the butt of Wings fans jokes for being knocked into the bottom of the Wings bench and peering over the boards.

Really glad he was NOT intimidated into changing numbers to 64.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 06/06/14 at 01:02 PM ET

LivinLaVidaLockout's avatar

Really glad he was NOT intimidated into changing numbers to 64.
Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 06/06/14 at 02:02 PM ET

You’re saying it was a bullying thing? Okay.

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 06/06/14 at 02:08 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

I don’t recall any fans on any of the Wing blogs I frequent that wanted him to take that number.

If I remember correctly it was the douchebags at Searchdady that started that moronic campaign.

I’m with RWBill in being glad he didn’t take it.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 06/06/14 at 02:39 PM ET

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