Denver junior Paul Comrie will forego his final two years of eligibility, according to an article in the Denver Post today, and will join Red Deer of the major junior Western Hockey League.
Comrie, who led Denver with 21 goals and 28 assists in 40 games during his sophomore year, was expected to tell Pioneer head coach George Gwozdecky of his decision by Thursday.
According to the Post, Comrie said, “I had a great two years at the university and will miss it. But I wanted to really help the team next year. I wanted to carry more of a leadership role, and they weren’t going in the same direction as me.”
Comrie, who was taken in the ninth round of the 1997 NHL draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, was not named one of DU’s four captains for the upcoming campaign.
The Post also noted that Comrie expects to receive from Red Deer a payment of $600 per month plus room and board, as well as two years’ worth of college tuition at the school of his choice.