Former NHLer Commodore to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for military charity
After overcoming the obstacles in the NHL, Mike Commodore is looking for another hill to climb. To be more precise, make that a mountain.
Commodore has set his sights on climbing the 19,341-foot Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa -- and while the 36-year-old is paying his own way for the voyage in April, he's asked for others to donate at gofundme.com/climbforvalor2016. The money raised will go to the Duskin and Stephens Foundation, a military charity which supports families of fallen members of Special Operations Forces.
Via Grand Forks Herald:
"I think The Duskin and Stephens Foundation is a great cause. I have always been interested in the military and especially special forces. I have the utmost respect for the special forces guys, so it was a no-brainer for me."
Approximately 25,000 people per year attempt to climb the Tanzania-based mountain.
A member of the 2000 NCAA national championship-winning North Dakota team, Commodore also reached great heights by winning the 2006 Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Other then thank #Veterans, decided to actually take some action this year....— Mike Commodore (@commie22) November 11, 2015
The defenseman collected 23 goals and 83 assists while playing in 484 career contests with the New Jersey Devils, Calgary Flames, Hurricanes, Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning.
Commodore retired in 2014 after playing in part of one season for Admiral Vladivostok of the Kontinental Hockey League.