Former NHL player Mike Commodore to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for military charityBarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jan. 14, 2016 12:25 AM
(Image Courtesy: Getty Images / Mladen Antonov) Mike Commodore, who played 13 seasons in the NHL, has never climbed a mountain before, but that’s not stopping him from attempting one of the seven summits this coming April. Commodore, who retired from professional hockey in 2014, has taken on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, which just happens to be the highest peak in Africa. His climb will be self-funded, but he is asking others to contribute to his cause which will raise money in support of a military charity called the Duskin and Stephens Foundation designed to support the families of fallen members of Special Operations Forces.
Folks I gotta get moving on this, Mt Kilimanjaro is around corner and I can't let Duskins + Stephens foundation down.— Mike Commodore (@commie22) December 19, 2015
When asked why he was climbing, in an interview with Grand Forks Herald , Commodore said, “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.”
Climbing a mountain of this magnitude is obviously no walk in the park and according to alpineascents.com only 40% of climbers who attempt Kilimanjaro ever reach the summit.
Mike is a former player for the University of North Dakota where he won the NCAA Championship in 2000. He is also a Stanley Cup winner from 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes, so he's got a track record of big successes. He will also be climbing alongside three veterans and a widow of a fallen soldier. We wish Mike and his team all the best on his this important journey for an amazing cause.
(Image Courtesy: Getty Images / Jim McIsaac )
You can contribute to Mike's climb here.