Christmas came a day early for Eric Comrie.
The Tri-City Americans goaltender signed a three-year, two-way, entry-level contract Tuesday with the Winnipeg Jets. The contract has an average annual value of $925,000.
“This is really exciting news for me and my family,” Comrie said. “It’s a weight off your shoulders. I’m excited to be part of such an unbelievable organization. Now I can move forward and focus on winning more games.”
Comrie was drafted by the Jets in the second round of the 2013 NHL draft, 59th overall. Comrie’s agent, Ritch Winter, called him Monday and said he had been talking with the Jets. On Tuesday, Winter called with the offer, and Comrie accepted.
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Since the signing was released by the Jets, Comrie’s Tri-City teammates have been texting him and tweeting the news.
“That’s been nice,” Comrie said. “We are all really close — we are like a big family. I can’t wait to go back and see the guys.”
Comrie, 18, is in the midst of his third season with the Americans. The native of Newport Beach, Calif., has played 98 career games with the Americans, with a 53-33-8 record.
This season, the 6-foot, 175-pound Comrie is 14-13-3 with a 2.52 goals against average and a .923 save percentage.
His GAA average ranks eighth in the WHL, while his save percentage is fourth. He is third in minutes played with 1,785.
Comrie follows in the skates of former Tri-City goalies — Olie Kolzig, Brian Boucher, Tyler Weiman, Carey Price and Ty Rimmer — who have gone on to have successful careers.
“Just to be part of the Tri-City Americans and the goalies they have had, I hope to represent them the best I can,” Comrie said. “They give us all the tools and develop all of us to try and get us to the next level. I can’t thank them enough.”
Note: Tri-City Americans defenseman Michal Plutnar was named an alternate captain for the Czech Republic team at the World Junior Championship that begin Thursday in Malmo, Sweden.
Plutnar will wear No. 27 for the Czech team that is led by captain Radek Faksa and coached by Miroslav Prerost.
The Czech Republic, which finished fifth at last year’s WJC, opens play Thursday against the United States. The game will be broadcast on the NHL Network at 4 p.m.