Eric Comrie must have made a good impression last week at Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp.
Just four days after returning home, the Tri-City Americans goalie was invited to participate in Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp Aug. 3-6 in Toronto.
“It was a lot of fun. It was a good camp,” Comrie said. “I learned a lot. I thought I had a strong camp. I put my best foot forward and had nothing left to give.”
Comrie is one of four goalies invited, including Tristan Jarry of the Edmonton Oil Kings, Zachary Fucal of the Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) and Spencer Martin of the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors (OHL).
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“This is a really good group of goalies and players,” Comrie said. “This will be a great team.”
International play is nothing new for Comrie. He’s been to a camp in Iceland to prepare for a tournament in Sweden. He’s also played in Germany and the Czech Republic.
Of the 40 players invited to the camp, 22 will be selected for the under-18 team, which will play in the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament Aug. 13-18 in Piestany, Slovakia, and Breclav, Czech Republic.
“These players are the cream of the crop of under-18 talent in Canada, and it’s going to be exciting to see them battle for 22 roster spots,” Hockey Canada head scout Kevin Prendergast said in a news release. “As it is every year, there were some tough decisions to get down to 40, and they’ll be even tougher decisions to make to finalize the roster.”
Canada has won the last four under-18 tournament titles, and seven of the last nine.
Todd Gill, coach of the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, will coach of the under-18 team, assisted by Yanick Jean (Victoriaville, QMJHL), and Scott Walker, (Guelph, OHL).