I had the chance to chat with Cents forward/defenceman Derek Hills before practice today regarding being named BCHL Player of the Week.
Cents forward/defenceman Derek Hills
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Merritt, BC – October 26, 2009
Merritt Centennials defenceman Derek Hill, who’s also played forward at times this season, has been named the BC Hockey League’s Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
Hills scored four goals and added three assists in three games for the Cents. On Wednesday, the Campbell River product scored one of Merritt’s two goals in the Cents 7-2 loss in Vernon. Two nights later, he scored twice, including the winner, and assisted once in a wild win over the visiting Quesnel Millionaires to earn first star honors. And Hills closed out the weekend with a goal and two assists in his team’s 8-5 victory over the Trail Smoke Eaters.
The 18-year-old now leads all Centennials defenceman in scoring with six goals and five assists in 16 games played. Hills tallied two goals and five points last season as a rookie in the BCHL with Powell River.
Merritt currently sits sixth in the Interior Conference with a record of six wins, nine losses and one overtime loss. The Cents are one point behind the fifth place Prince George Spruce Kings with two games in hand.
The Centennials return to the ice on Tuesday when they visit the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.
Merritt Centennials defenceman Derek Hills has been named the British Columbia Hockey League’s Player of the Week for the week ending October 25th, the league announced Monday.
Hills began the week with a goal in a loss to the Vernon Vipers. He then busted out in a pair of home ice wins, first scoring twice and adding an assist in a 7-5 victory over the Quesnel Millionaires. The 18-year old scored the winner with less than six minutes remaining in regulation against the Millionaires and was named the game’s first star. He put up another three points on Saturday in an 8-5 win over Trail, this time scoring once and adding two assists.
He finished the week with seven points on three goals and four assists.
Hills’ offensive output during the week more than doubled his point total, as he now leads all Centennials blueliners in scoring with 11 points in 16 games. His six goals have him in a tie for second amongst BCHL defencemen, trailing only Salmon Arm’s Greg Noyes (7).
Hills and his teammates return to the ice on Tuesday when they face Noyes and the SilverBacks at the Sunwave Centre at 7:00 PM.