Sean Comrie has yet to suit up for the Kelowna Rockets, but he’s already well aware of the Kelowna-Kamloops rivalry.
The 19-year-old, right-shooting defenceman has a few friends behind enemy lines that have warned him of what is to come.
“It will be pretty weird playing against those guys,” said Comrie. “My best friend, Ryley Appelt, is also a Blazer. We’ve joked around about the rivalry and having the chance to play against each other.”
Comrie also played his midget hockey with the Delta Hockey Academy during the 2015-16 season alongside current Blazers Brodi Stuart and Luke Zazula.
Kamloops eliminated Kelowna from the playoffs last season in a one-game tiebreaker, so there will be plenty at stake this fall.
Comrie, six-feet and 168 pounds, was drafted 44th overall in the second round of the 2015 WHL bantam draft by the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Rockets acquired his playing rights from the Wheaties at the 2019 draft, and he signed with Kelowna shortly after.
He played sparingly last season at Denver University for the Pioneers.
In 18 games, he had a single assist.
In two prior seasons with the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, Comrie had 12 goals, 40 assists and 46 penalty minutes.
In 15 playoff games over two seasons, Comrie had six assists and eight PIMs.
“I’m excited for the long journey ahead,” he said. “I decided that I wanted to go a different route. The opportunity with Kelowna hosting the Memorial Cup and the history of the club was something really intriguing to me. It will be a grind at some points, but I think management and the club will prepare us well for what lies ahead.”
The Edmonton product is looking forward to making the jump to the WHL.
“I’m going to take it one day at a time coming in,” he said. “It will be a lot different than playing college hockey: there are more games and practices. I think that I will be able to come in and make an impact, I think I do have an offensive upside.”
Pavel Novak set to play at Hlinka Gretzky Cup
Kelowna Rockets prospect Pavel Novak will represent the Czech Republic at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup for the second straight summer.
The tournament is set for Aug. 5-10 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.
Novak played in four games at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup where he had one assist.
He had three goals in two exhibition games against the Swiss U-18 team last week. The Czech Republic will open their schedule against Switzerland on Monday at 10 a.m. PT.
The Rockets selected him 13th overall in the first round of the CHL Import Draft.
Last season while playing with Motor Ceske Budejovice U19, the 2002-born forward suited up for 31 games, recording 29 goals and 16 assists for 45 points.