Category: Merritt Centennials

Merritt Centennials – Eligible Returnees and Graduating Players:

The Cents will have last year’s leading scorer Zach Risteau back in 2017-18.
The 19-year-old from Lakeville, Minnesota had 26-24-50 in 53 games with the Centennials as a rookie in 2016-17.
Photo credit: Ian Webster/Merritt Herald

Graduating Players
Zach Court (University of Nebraska-Omaha)
Cade Gleekel (St. Lawrence University)
Brett Jewell (Yale University)
Michael Regush (Cornell University)
Mike Faulkner (Hobart College)
Aaron Murray (Concordia University Wisconsin)
Stephan Seeger (aged out)
Nick Fidanza (aged out)

Eligible Returnees
(* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 8 defencemen)

Chase Bell (97)
Henry Cleghorn (97)
Zach Zorn (97)
Zach Risteau (98)
Nicholas Wicks (98)
Tyler Ward (99)
Rylan Van Unen (99)

Tyrell Buckley (97)
Zach Bleuler (97)
Zach Metsa (98)
Ethan King (99)
Michael Van Unen (99)

Jacob Berger (97)
Colten Lancaster (98)

Merritt Centennials – Graduating Players & Eligible Returnees:

Graduating Players
Scott Patterson (Lake Superior State University)
Shane Poulsen (University of Nebraska-Omaha)
Dane Birks (Michigan Tech University)
Sebastien Pare (overage)
Payton Schaefer (overage)
Tyler Martin (overage)
Jason Bird (overage)

Eligible Returnees
(* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 7 defensemen)

Sam Johnson (94)
Diego Cuglietta (95)
James Neil (95)
Jeff Wight (95)
Adam Tracey (95)
Zach Hartley (95)
Daniel Nachbaur (95)
Devin Oakes (95)
Rhett Willcox (96)
Gavin Gould (96)

Jake Clifford (94)
Wayland Williams (94)
Malik Kaila (96)

Devin Kero (94)
Jarrod Schamerhorn (95)

New Edition of Smart Hockey Magazine Released:

The latest edition (and first of the 2013-14 season) of Smart Hockey magazine was released on the BCHL website yesterday and it features two great stories on Merritt defenseman Dane Birks and former Penticton forward Joey Benik. In addition, the magazine has a preview of each of the 16 teams, including key roster departures and arrivals.

View or download a copy of the magazine at the link below.

If you’d like a copy of the magazine emailed directly to you for easier viewing on a tablet or smart phone, email BCHL Communications Director Brent Mutis at

Merritt Centennials – Where Are They Now?

Ryan Aynsley Baker Barr Bodger Bokenfohr Bokla Bourke Brears Brodie Campos Caron Chang Clark Collins Crawford Daoust Ford Forster Fratkin Fratkin Gannon Gedig Gehon Gemmell Goodship Hamilton Hardy Harrison Herold Hills Hobbs Hoffman Jones Jones Kang Kowalczyk L’Arrivee Leitch Lenz Lindros Lutz MacLeod MacMillan Marshall Martine Mazzarolo McEwan Menton O’Connor Ouellette Payne Pfeil Pierro-Zabotel Quessandier Riley Rogers Salekin Shinkaruk Short Simoes Soquila Stack Stanimir Tomassetti Tresierra Valenti Verheyden Waddell Willcox Witkop Wong Zalba Chimienti (G) Gordon (G) Groenheyde (G) Mainprize (G) May (G) Thiessen (G) Wall (G)

Reserve Roster – Merritt Centennials:

The Merritt Centennials have been relatively healthy thus far in the 2012-13 BCHL season and as such, haven’t had to rely on many affiliate players.

The lone instance came a week ago against Victoria when the Cents used two affiliate players in goal against the Victoria Grizzlies. 

Here’s a look at who Merritt features on its’ reserve roster:

G Jack Burgart (95) F Danton Heinen (95) F Kurtis Klinger (94) G Phoenix Logan-Hill (94) D Reilly O’Connor (93) F Devin Oakes (95) D Brett Perrine (93) G Jack Surgenor (93) D Jon Thompson (93)

The Only Thing You Can Count On In Life Is Change:

When I moved away from Merritt last December, I thought this day might come, I just didn’t know when. In case you didn’t see it on the Merritt Centennials website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed, I have officially resigned as the team’s Media & Communications Coordinator. Despite the fact that I lived far away from the Nicola Valley, a lot of the work I did for the Cents was behind the scenes and could be administered electronically. I also didn’t want to leave the Centennials in lurch to find someone to replace me.

Once I made the conscious effort to take this blog in a more general BCHL direction after leaving Merritt, I realized that I had to be more impartial than in the past and only post items here that presented the facts, with sources, etc. for your information and reading enjoyment. I figured that maintaining a position with the Centennials wouldn’t jeopardize that impartiality, and it wasn’t until now that I felt it could potentially be questioned.
The reason for my resignation is that I’ve been hired by TEAM 1040 to provide colour commentary along side Jeff Paterson for all 12 of their BCHL broadcasts during the 2012-13 season. As one radio station broadcasting games for 10 of the BCHL’s 16 teams, we approach our broadcast very similar to the way that Hockey Night in Canada does for the NHL. We try to be impartial and not cheer for either side, we feel that we call games even for both teams because we’re there to increase the exposure of not only the BCHL, but also both teams’ players, coaches, etc.

As a result, as I mentioned in the Cents media release: “Because my role on TEAM 1040 is to be completely impartial, I feel it’s best that I not be associated in an official capacity with any specific organization in the BCHL.”
I’m really excited about the opportunity this presents for me and my family and I am thrilled to be working with such a great group at TEAM 1040 and the level of hockey that I pay more attention to than any other – the BCHL.

Lastly, I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted on the blog here, but it’s not for a lack of want. It’s unrelated to the situtation with this new gig… I simply haven’t had time between family life and work life, but I’ll strive to post more often going forward.
Thanks for reading,

Here’s the Media Release from the Centennials website:


Merritt, BC – September 28, 2012

The Merritt Centennials are disappointed to announce the resignation of Media & Communications Coordinator Brian Wiebe, effective September 30, 2012.

Wiebe has served on the Board or as a volunteer with the Centennials for nearly ten years in various roles. He’s resigned to focus on his position as colour commentary for the BC Hockey League radio broadcasts on TEAM 1040 in Vancouver.

“I truly cherish the time I spent not only in Merritt helping the Centennials, but also in the last ten months behind the scenes after moving away from the Nicola Valley,” said Wiebe. “Because my role on TEAM 1040 is to be completely impartial, I feel it’s best that I not be associated in an official capacity with any specific organization in the BCHL.”

Wiebe’s contacts, convictions and genuine love of the game has benefitted the Centennials throughout the years. The entire organization wishes him all the best in his future hockey endeavours.

An immediate replacement as Media and Communications Coordinator for the Cents has not been determined.

For further information, please contact Cents Secretary Heather Fader at 250-378-8344 or email