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Six Tri-City Americans Headed to NHL Camps

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by Tri-City Americans Media Relations

Kennewick, WA - The NHL season is fast approaching with rookie camps starting this week, and six Tri-City Americans players will be attending NHL rookie camps.

Goaltender Eric Comrie, drafted in the second round (59th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, will be heading to Winnipeg Jets camp. Newly acquired forward Steven Hodges will be attending Florida Panthers training camp. Hodges was selected in the third round (84th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Four other Americans players will be traveling to NHL camps. Forwards Parker Bowles, Justin Gutierrez and Jackson Playfair will be attending Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues and Arizona Coyotes camp respectively, while defenseman Josh Thrower is traveling north to attend the Vancouver Canucks camp.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for our players,” Tri-City Americans' Governor/General Manager Bob Tory said. “All will benefit from this experience when they return. We are proud of them and with them well as they represent our organization."  

The Americans will wrap up the preseason portion of their schedule this week, as they travel to Cheney, Washington this Thursday, Sept. 11, to take on the Spokane Chiefs.  Then, on Saturday, September 13, the Chiefs will return to Kennewick for their final pre-season tune-up at the Toyota Center.  Game time is 7:05 p.m. for both contests.