Tri-City Americans forward Ty Comrie and defenseman Parker Wotherspoon were selected to play in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Both will play for Team Pacific.
“I’m super excited,” said Wotherspoon, who has two assists this season. “Not many people get picked for this opportunity. I’m still counting my blessings here. This is awesome.”
Comrie, who has two goals and two assists, is following in the footsteps of older brother Eric (a goaltender), who helped Team Pacific to a fifth-place finish in 2012.
“I didn’t know too much, I was just waiting until it was posted,” Comrie said. “It’s a big honor. It’s awesome. Parker a great teammate and a good friend, it’s good have him there.”
The tournament will be played Dec. 29-Jan. 4 in Cape Brenton, Nova Scotia. Team Pacific will be coached by Steve Hamilton of the Edmonton Oil Kings.
“We’ve played them a lot. We value them and we are really happy that the powers that be with Team Pacific felt the same way,” said Tri-City coach Jim Hiller. “We know the impact they have had on our team so far.”
Team Pacific features some of the top young players in the Western Hockey League, including Matt Barzal of the Seattle Thunderbirds and Jansen Harkins of the Prince George Cougars — the top two players chosen the 2012 WHL bantam draft.
“The selection process for this team was very in-depth and the coaching staff feels very positive about the roster that’s been assembled,” Hamilton said in a news release. “We think this is a very deep team with a good combination of skill, size and character — all the elements needed to play a versatile game.”
Americans who have played for Team Pacific include Eric Comrie, Zach Yuen (2010, 5th place) and Justin Feser (2009, second place).
“We are pleased and honored that our players will represent their region in this prestigious tournament,” said Americans general manager Bob Tor in a news release. “This experience, playing against the top players in their age group in the world, will help them develop that much quicker.”