Mike Comrie has retired from hockey following career-ending hip surgery.
The Edmonton-born centre, who began his NHL career with the Oilers, announced his retirement Monday after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery two weeks ago.
Comrie was both loved and loathed in Edmonton, where he scored 22 points in his first 41 games with the team followed by a 33-goal outburst in his second season, 2001-2002. A contract dispute with Edmonton general manager Kevin Lowe led to Comrie being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. Comrie, the son of businessman Bill Comrie, was subsequently booed by fans every time he returned to Edmonton.
In 589 NHL career games, Comrie was a five-time 20-goal scorer, also playing for the Phoenix Coyotes, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins before signing a one-year deal with the Oilers in 2009-2010.
He competed at the 2003 world championships and helped Canada win the gold medal.
"Playing at home in Edmonton in front of friends and family on the team I followed since I was young was something special," Comrie, 31, said in a statement. "Returning home for the 2009-10 season to the reception I received from: the great fans in Edmonton, my teammates and the organization helped me realize how important the Oilers have always been to me."
Comrie, who is married to singer/actress Hillary Duff, now lives in Los Angeles.