Tri-City Americans goalie Eric Comrie was selected to attend Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence Goal-tending Camp from June 7-10 at the WinSport Canada Athletic & Ice Complex in Calgary, Alberta.
Comrie, from Newport Beach, Calif., was one of two Western Hockey League goaltenders selected to participate in the U-18 camp, joining Edmonton’s Tristan Jarry.
“I’m really excited,” Comrie said. “There are so many good goalies in my age group. I worked hard, and I got selected. I hope I have a good showing against other goalies my age.”
Comrie follows in the footsteps of former Americans goalies Carey Price, Chet Pickard and Chris Driedger in being invited to the prestigious camp.Comrie is one of 16 goalies, including four others from the WHL, to be selected to the seventh annual camp.
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Other WHL goalies invited are Corbin Boes (Saskatoon), Laurent Brossoit (Edmonton) and Mackenzie Skapski (Kootenay). All three are in the U-20 division.Goalies in the U-18 program are candidates for the National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team, while the older players will vie for a spot on the National Junior Team.
The camp will include on-ice and off-ice sessions.
“It will be a lot of fun to learn from the older players and the coaches,” Comrie said. “I’ll take what I can from there. It will be tough, but I’m going to have fun and play some hockey.”
Comrie got just a week’s notice for the camp, but he said he’s prepared.
“I’ve been skating almost every day and have been working out,” he said. “I never want to get out of shape.”
Comrie had an impressive rookie season, posting a 19-6-1-1 record in 31 games. He finished the season with a 2.67 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. He is the first 16-year-old goaltender in Americans history to post back-to-back shutouts — both against Prince George on Oct. 21 and 22 — and earned CHL goalie of the week honors.
Comrie played for Team Pacific at the 2012 World U17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, Ontario. In three games, he had a 3.03 GAA and an .880 save percentage in helping Pacific to a fifth-place finish.
When Comrie returns to the Tri-Cities in the fall, he will be in the driver’s seat for the starting job, as veteran Ty Rimmer was traded to Lethbridge on May 3.
“I will miss him a lot,” Comrie said of Rimmer. “He was a great goalie and a huge help. He will do well in Lethbridge.”