There have been a lot of Tri-City Americans who've gone on to the NHL, and many have lasted for years: Olaf Kolzig, Stu Barnes, Cary Price, Brian Boucher, Scott Gomez, Eric Comrie and the latest, Brandon Carlo. But this season a record number of Americans are ranked NHL prospects.
Eric Comrie was, a few years ago, the next in line in a long string of Tri-City Americans net minders who appeared to be NHL bound. Thursday night, those dreams became reality. He joins Kolzig and Price as another outstanding Americans goalie to get to the NHL.
Driving over the Cascades is a FAR better prospect for the opening round of the 2016-17 WHL Playoffs than taking a leisurely 15-hour bus ride to Prince George in Canada. Thanks to their thrilling overtime comeback victory over Everett Sunday night, the Americans did just that.
For years, the Tri-City Americans saluted the nuclear heritage of the Mid-Columbia by skating in wildly-colored nuclear-themed jerseys for "Nuclear Night." Now, it's gone up to a whole new level! (Pictured is one of the Americans Nuclear Night jerseys).
No sooner did the Tri-City Americans announce their training camp roster, then the NHL came calling, and some notable players are going to be absent. (Brandon Carlo picture, played for US in World Junior Games).