College Hockey:
Commodore Signs Deal with Devils

— Mike Commodore, a stalwart defenseman on this year’s North Dakota national championship team, has signed a three-year contract with the defending NHL-champion New Jersey Devils.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound defenseman had one more year of eligibility remaining, but decided he couldn’t pass up on the Devils’ offer.

According to the Grand Forks Herald, Commodore received a $475,000 signing bonus. If he makes the New Jersey roster, he will be paid $450,000 this season, $500,000 in 2001-02 and $550,000 in 2002-03.

Commodore had five goals and 12 points in 38 games for the Fighting Sioux last season.

The Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., native will have heavy competition to make the team. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello likes to work in new players, but also has former Clarkson star defenseman Willie Mitchell in the organization.

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