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Rookies have a chance to shine with some veterans at pro camps

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Tri-City Americans are short staffed for a while. They lost six players to pro camps this week. That gives the younger players a chance to shine.

Head Coach Jim Hiller said, "Because we're going to have a skeleton crew for veteran players, we want to compete. That's always job one. Everybody has to do that at minimum. Then we've got style of play we'd like to see our new players try to grasp some of the concepts. That's part two. So you've got to be able to work hard, but you've got to be able to think." Rookie goaltender Eric Comrie added, "It's a lot faster and a lot stronger players. They know how to finish if you give them any room. So you've got to adjust to it. Learn the speed."

The Americans get back on the ice Thursday night for a pre-season tournament.

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