Between the NHL combine, the Winnipeg Jets camp and Team Canada’s summer development camp last week, one would never know Eric Comrie had surgery on both hips in February.
Comrie, the Tri-City Americans starting goalie, stopped 37 of 40 shots against Finland on Aug. 7 in a 5-3 victory in an exhibition game in Lake Placid, N.Y., drawing praise from Team Canada coach Brent Sutter.
“It was so much fun. It was unbelievable,” Comrie said of the game with Finland. “Brent Sutter is an excellent coach and an excellent person. He is the right person to coach us.”
Comrie, who was shelved for the season in January, had hip surgery in February. He said he’s back at 100 percent and ready for the season to start. He and his younger brother Ty will arrive in Kennewick on Monday. The Americans’ rookie camp begins Wednesday.
“I’m probably the most excited to get back to Tri,” Comrie said. “I want to see my friends. It will be interesting this year. I hope my brother makes the team and will be here with me. I’m excited to start the season.”
Against Finland, Comrie allowed a goal just 51 seconds into the game, but he said it wasn’t because he wasn’t physically ready to play.
“It was a miscommunication,” Comrie said. “It was my fault. I missed it. I think I was just so excited to play.”
The game was part of Team Canada’s summer development camp that will play a part in choosing its team for the upcoming World Junior Championship in Sweden.
While in New York, Comrie got to spend a little time with former Tri-City teammate Malte Strömwall, who opted to play in his native country Sweden this season. Strömwall played two seasons with the Americans.
“It was nice to see Malte,” Comrie said. “He had an excellent camp for Sweden and he’s excited about the program he will play with.”
Comrie has had a busy summer. He wasn’t quite ready for the rigors of the NHL combine, but he attended and did what he could. From there, Comrie attended three team camps (Toronto, Montreal and Chicago), then attended the eighth-annual Program of Excellence goaltending camp in Calgary.
On June 30, he was drafted in the second round (59th overall) by the Winnipeg Jets.
He attended the Jets camp, then it was off to Edmonton for Tri-City goalie coach Lyle Mast’s camp. He finished the summer with Team Canada.
“It’s been a busy summer,” said Comrie, who noted he was able to get in a few days of fishing.
While Comrie’s job is safe with the Americans, rookie Evan Sarthou will challenge Troy Trombley, 19, for the backup job. Trombley joined the Americans last year after Comrie got hurt, joining Luke Lee-Knight, who was brought in in November.
“All of us went to Lyle’s camp,” Comrie said. “I’ve known Evan for three years — he lived at our house and played on the same team as Ty. Troy is a big guy. He did some good things for us last year.”
Rookies will register for camp at 3 p.m. Wednesday, then will go through fitness testing. They will hit the ice Thursday morning at Toyota Center, with the first session at 9 a.m. Camp will last through Sunday, with the annual Blue-White game at 10 a.m.
The camp will feature nine of the 10 players drafted by Tri-City in the 2013 WHL bantam draft, and 10 of the 11 players from the 2012 draft class. Also attending are local players Carson Bergstrom of Pasco and Jacob Loman from Richland.
The Americans main camp will begin Aug. 23.
Rookie camp roster
Goalies — Liam McCloskey, Mar. 14-98, 5-11, 145, Pitt Meadows, B.C., Ridge Meadows Bantam AAA; Dayton Rasmussen, Nov. 4-98, 6-1, 180, Edina, MN, Holy Family High School; Nicholas Sanders, Apr 24-98, 6-0, 185, Calgary, AB, Calgary Bisons Bantam AAA; Evan Sarthou, Sept. 24-97, 6-1, 170, Black Diamond, WA, LA Jr. Kings U-16.
Defensemen — Carson Bergstrom, Mar. 17-98, 6-0, 170, Pasco, Arizona Bobcats U-14; Dylan Coghlan, Feb. 19-98, 6-1, 175, Nanaimo, B.C., Nanaimo Bantam AAA; Mark Drohan, Apr. 30-98, 6-0, 145, Calgary, AB, Calgary Bisons Bantam AAA; Anea Ferrario, Aug. 9-98, 6-1, 185, Ogden, UT, Colorado Thunderbirds U-14; Bryce Fiske, Nov. 6-97, 5-11, 170, Air Ronge, SK, Tisdale Midget AAA; Tyler Fraser, July 17-97, 6-1, 180, Surrey, B.C., Cloverdale Midget A1; Brendan O’Reilly, May 15-97, 6-3, 175, Southlake, TX, Victoria Honda U-16; Kurtis Rutledge, June 2-97, 6-0, 165, Calgary, AB, Calgary Northstars Midget AAA; Alec Taylor, May 13-97, 6-4, 225, Centennial, CO, Pikes Peak Miners Midget AAA; Cory Thomas, Mar. 19-98, 6-2, 165, St. Brieux, SK, Melfort Bantam AAA; Adam Thurlbeck, Jan. 10-98, 5-11, 170, Winnipeg, MB, Winnipeg Hawks Bantam AAA; Parker Wotherspoon, Aug. 24-97, 6-0, 170, Surrey, B.C., Fraser Valley Midget AAA.
Forwards — Tyler Anderson, Apr. 24-98, 5-10, 165, Lethbridge, AB, Lethbridge Bantam AAA; Zackari Andrusiak, July 10-98, 5-9, 160, Armstrong, B.C., POE Bantam AAA; Parker AuCoin, July 30-98, 6-0, 176, Calgary, AB, Calgary Northstars Bantam AAA; Ty Comrie, Aug. 8-97, 5-11, 150, Newport Beach, CA, LA Jr. Kings U-16; Mendell Dubuisson, May 20-97, 6-2, 190, Glendale, AZ, Belle Tire Midget U-18; Cam Dykstra, Jan. 25-98, 6-4, 200, Plano, TX, Notre Dame Bantam AA; Triston Ferguson, June 9-98, 6-2, 170, Salmon Arm, B.C., Salmon Arm Bantam; Cole Gammer, Feb. 19-97, 6-0, 170, Edmonton, AB, CAC Midget AAA; Jackson Gibson, June 9-98, 6-3, 175, Calgary, AB, Calgary Northstars Bantam AAA; Tyler Graber, Feb. 25-98, 6-0, 185, Red Deer, AB, Red Deer Bantam AAA; Maxwell James, Apr. 13-97, 6-3, 205, Kamloops, B.C., Thompson Blazers Midget AAA; Sam Kozlowski, Feb. 18-98, 5-9, 140, S. Delta, B.C., South Delta Bantam AAA; Jacob Loman, Aug. 15-97, 5-11, 170, Richland, Compete Hockey Academy; Parker McCormick, Apr. 6-98, 6-2, 180, Regina, SK, Regina Silver Foxes Bantam AAA; Ryan Neil, May 25-97, 5-11, 180, Trail, B.C., Kootenay Midget AAA; Austyn Playfair, Feb. 24-97, 6-4, 200, Scottsdale, AZ, Phoenix Jr. Coyotes U-16; Braden Purtill, Apr 27-97, 6-0, 185, Winnipeg, MB, Winnipeg Thrashers Midget AAA; Reed Robinson, Mar. 11-98, 6-2, 180, Rockwall, TX, HC Dallas Bantam AAA; Jordan Roy, Sept. 9-98, 5-11, 160, Kimberley, B.C., Lethbridge Bantam AAA; Jordan Topping, July 20-97, 6-0, 185, Salt Spring Island, B.C., North Island Silvertips Midget AAA; Nolan Yaremko, May 17-98, 5’11 180, Spirit River, AB, SSAC Bantam AAA.