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Comrie appreciates warm welcome to Ottawa

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators
Ottawa Senators centre Mike Comrie talks to the media after his first practice with his new team today at Scotiabank Place. Photo: T. Anderson/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

Just as excited as Ottawa Senators fans were yesterday, newly acquired centreman Mike Comrie couldn't wait to play his first game with his new team. Traded from the Phoenix Coyotes in the morning, Comrie put himself through a hectic series of events to make sure he was able to get into last night's lineup. Playing on a line with Chris Neil and Peter Schaefer, he picked up two assists in a 6-3 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Buffalo Sabres.

"It's exciting to come to a team like this," Comrie said after practice today. "I'm an Ottawa Senator now, and I'm happy to be here. The pre-game meal I had in the plane (yesterday en route to Ottawa) wasn't the greatest, but it was good to get suited up and get that first (game) out of the way. It's always fun to win and the fans were into it. As I experienced last night, this is a fun atmosphere to play in."

Comrie, whose dressing room stall is located between Neil's and goaltender Martin Gerber's, says the club has made the transition an easy one. Taking a minute to look at his cell phone, Comrie noticed he had 27 new voicemails that arrived during today's practice. Answering those messages was just one of the many tasks he had planned for today.

"I'll check those and go from there," Comrie said. "This is a great group of guys here. To feel welcome definitely helps. I feel fortunate to be in Ottawa."

Volchenkov has special tie to Canada-Russia matchup
With Team Canada set to take on Russia in the IIHF World Junior Championship gold-medal game tomorrow, Senators defenceman Anton Volchenkov was looking back today at the 2002 Canada-Russia title game. Volchenkov scored the game-winning goal in a 5-4 victory for Russia in that contest four years ago.

"It was real exciting but we still had 11 minutes to play (after he scored)," Volchenkov recalls. "After the final whistle, I was pretty happy. That's probably my biggest goal so far."

Volchenkov expects a good matchup in tomorrow's gold-medal game.

"It should be a tough game," he says. "Because it's just one game, the result will all be about who's ready."

Team Russia's lineup includes Ottawa Senators prospects Ilya Zubov and Vitali Anikeyenko.

Tune into TSN at 12:30 p.m. (EST), or watch the game on TSN broadband at

Scotiabank Place and the Ottawa Civic Centre will host the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship. The public onsale for ticket packages ends on Jan. 15, 2007.

For more information click here or call (613) 599-FANS or toll free at 1-877-788-FANS.

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