Eric Comrie and the Tri-City Americans have been playing their best hockey the last two weeks, and the Western Hockey League has taken notice.
Comrie was named to the Team WHL roster for the Subway Super Series to be played later this month in Red Deer and Lethbridge, Alberta.
“It’s a really big honor,” said Comrie, who also played for Team WHL last season. “I’m really excited to go. Last year was amazing with some unbelievable talent on both teams. You get to meet guys from around the league — and they are extremely skilled — and you get to play the Russians. It was fun.”
Six Tri-City players have taken part in the Super Series: Comrie, Brendan Shinnimin, Chet Pickard, Carey Price, Logan Stephenson and Shawn Belle.
Team WHL will play Team Russia on Nov. 27 in Red Deer and Nov. 28 in Lethbridge. The Russians will play two games against the Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League beginning Nov. 18.
The Americans have won five of their last six games and have points in all six. They earned five of six points on their Central Division swing last weekend.
Comrie is sixth in the WHL in goals against average at 2.43, is second in save percentage at .927 and is one of six players tied for third in wins with nine.
“That is a whole team effort,” Comrie said of his numbers. “Jim (coach Hiller) has done a good job with the defense and they are fun to play behind.”
The Subway Series also is a tool used to evaluate players for the upcoming World Junior Championship. With Red Deer coach Brent Sutter coaching Team WHL and Team Canada at the WJC, Comrie knows these game are important.
“You have to make your name known,” he said.
It was at this time last season that Comrie began to have pain in his hip. He was shut down in January, had surgery in February and has been at the top of his game since late summer.
“I feel amazing,” Comrie said. “The best I have in my career.”