Eric Comrie IIHF World Championship Journal #6
Winnipeg Jets goaltender Eric Comrie is currently overseas at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. He has kindly agreed to share his experience while he is in France, taking part in his first non-junior international competition for Team Canada. We hope you enjoy this behind-the-scenes look from one of the top young goalies in the game today!
Today was an off day, so the team went on a river cruise. It was a relaxing day, to say the least. We need to prepare for our last two games of the preliminary round, which come back-to-back. We got some much-needed rest after some hard practices and games. It was good to get a day to just walk around and enjoy Paris.
We’re excited to get right back to it tomorrow. I’m on the ice before the game with Sean Burke, so I’m really excited about that. We’re going to get some good work in. I’m looking forward to keeping my game fresh in case I get the call.
I got a response on Twitter to my last post that asked if my pre-game preparation was too complicated.
I can definitely play a game without doing all of that stuff and be fine. Hockey is a game where you can’t control what happens on the ice. Pucks hit skates and take weird redirections all of the time. Even in Pickard’s game against Switzerland, he played great, but a couple of unlucky bounces cost him. One was a shot that deflected a few times and went in – it was just an unlucky play, and that happens in hockey.
When I get ready for a game, I like to do everything I can to prepare myself. It’s about controlling your controllables. The week before the game, the month before the game, the summer before the game – it’s all about being in control of what you can. You’ll go into the game knowing that you’ve done everything you can.
I make sure every week that I’m working as hard as I can. I’m focusing on what I need to focus on each practice in order to get better and prepare myself for the upcoming game. Yes my daily routine is long, but that’s what gets me ready. Mentally, that’s what I like to do in order to set myself, because I’m in control. That way, I’m able to be confident going into the game.
Even when you give it everything you have, sometimes the game wins. You won’t get the bounces, and you will be scored on. That’s just how the game goes. But more often than not, if you prepare yourself, you’ll come out on top. I can certainly play just fine without doing my daily routine, but it’s what I like to do to feel confident.
If anyone else has any questions for me, fire away! We have a couple more journals before the World Championship is over, and I would love to answer some more.