By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
When you are 5 years old and your older brothers — who are playing college hockey — want someone to play goalie, you jump at the chance to hang with the cool kids.
For Eric Comrie, being used as a target by brothers Mike and Paul Comrie, has paid dividends over the years. The Tri-City Americans starting goalie is projected to go late in the first round or early in the second in Sunday’s NHL draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
“They needed someone to shoot on, so they stuck me in net,” Comrie said. “I was really young at the time, but ever since then, I wanted to be a goalie. One day Paul told me I’d never stop him. I stopped him that day and Mike and I celebrated.”
The first couple of years that Comrie played hockey, he used the goalie equipment provided by the team he played for. When he was 8, his parents bought him his first pair of pads and the rest is history.