By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
While the rest of his Tri-City Americans teammates were packing up their gear and heading home, goalie Eric Comrie was on a plane bound for St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, to join the IceCaps of the American Hockey League.
The IceCaps, an affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets, brought in Comrie and Prince Albert Raiders defenseman Josh Morrissey for the remainder of the season.
IceCaps coach Keith McCambridge said it is an opportunity to evaluate the players at a higher level, and possibly get them a little ice time.
“He is a good goalie in our organization who we are excited about,” McCambridge said of Comrie. “Giving him this opportunity in the AHL will introduce him to what the game is like and help him make that transition to the pro game when that time comes.”
When Comrie left the Tri-Cities, it was a nice spring day. By the time his plane landed Monday night, he was just ahead of a storm that dumped almost 16 inches of snow in St. John’s overnight.
“We were just happy to get him here ahead of the storm,” McCambridge said. “Not only did we get a lot of snow, but it was on top of what we already had. He was at practice Tuesday and (Wednesday).”
Comrie, 18, played in 60 games for the Americans with a 2.57 goals against average and a .925 save percentage — second among WHL goaltenders.