Hockey: Americans defender Plutnar invited to Czech camp

November 19, 2013 

Tri-City Americans defenseman Michal Plutnar was invited to the Czech Republic’s training camp for the upcoming World Junior Championship in Sweden.

“It’s exciting. This is the best junior tournament,” Plutnar said. “To be invited is a an honor. Many people will be there watching — scouts, general managers and others.”

The camp will take place in Rokycany, Czech Republic (an hour north of Prague), starting Dec. 10.

Plutnar will fly out of Prince George on Dec. 8 following a pair of games against the Cougars.

The WJC will be held in Malmö, Sweden on Dec. 26-Jan. 5. The Czech Republic is in Group A with the United States, Canada, Slovakia and Germany. The Czech Republic finished fifth last year.

Plutnar, 19, played on his country’s World U-17 Hockey Challenge team in 2011. He played all five games as his team finished eighth.

This season, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Plutnar has played in 18 games, scoring one goal with three assists.

He also was one of four players invited to the Detroit Red Wings training camp and prospect tournament in September.

Comrie Saves Hunger: Americans goalie Eric Comrie has brought back his charity and will team with Second Harvest to help raise money and awareness for the local food bank.

Comrie will donate 50 cents for every save during home games to the cause. Before Tuesday’s game with Vancouver, Comrie had 286 saves for a total of $143. The Americans will match Comrie’s donation.

Last season, Comrie helped raise $522 and more than a 1,000 pounds of food before his season was cut short in January by a hip injury.

The Comrie Saves Hunger program will work with the monthly Kadlec Regional Medical Center Book and Food Drive games. There is a donation drive Friday vs. Kelowna.

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