For the third time in 22 months, Merritt Centennials GM and Head Coach Luke Pierce hooked up with his counterpart in Powell River which sees Kent Lewis trade 18-year-old forward James Neil to the Nicola Valley for future considerations.
The Cents lost a significant amount of depth at forward due to graduating players and college commitments, and Neil likely gets a chance to step into a top six role with Merritt.
To Merritt Centennials:
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Here’s the release from the Cents:
The Cents have acquired forward James Neil (95) from the Kings in exchange for future considerations.
The six foot Neil brings 2 years of BCHL experience. He had 20 points in 50 games with Powell River last season.
“We are excited to add James to our roster this season,” says Centennial Head Coach and GM Luke Pierce. “He comes with two years of BCHL experience which will help make up for some of the experience we are losing with departures from last year’s team. James has great size and has proven in his past that he can be an elite scorer.”
“We are confident that a fresh start here in Merritt will give his career a boost and we look forward to having him join our group at our upcoming camp on the 19th,” Pierce added.
Centennials training camp begins Monday August 19th at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.