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)

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

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

Goaltenders
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)

Forwards
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)
*
*
*

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

Goal
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 media@bchl.ca.

Merritt Centennials – Where Are They Now?

Ryan Aynsley http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=46730Jake Baker http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=46732Tyler Barr http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=47021Ryne Bodger http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=33932Blaine Bokenfohr http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=23965John Bokla http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=223248Brad Bourke http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=46727Chad Brears http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=63637Cameron Brodie http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=38022Brandon Campos http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=13801Josh Caron http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=37143Daniel Chang http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=46749Brandon Clark http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=48002Anthony Collins http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=48258Kameran Crawford http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=48840Lucas Daoust http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=60380Scott Ford http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=15443Paul Forster http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=46722Jesse Fratkin http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=39076Casey Fratkin http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=46734Devin Gannon http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=47718Curtis Gedig http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=38056Chad Gehon http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=39464Sam Gemmell http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=26353Alex Goodship http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=40190Mike Hamilton http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=13796Thomas Hardy http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=46011Jordon Harrison http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=23962Dylan Herold http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=45999Derek Hills http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=46741Devon Hobbs http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=25967Aaron Hoffman http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=160137Jeff Jones http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=46742Mitch Jones http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=46984Brian Kang http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=45843Michael Kowalczyk http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=153023Kyle L’Arrivee http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=154800Bryan Leitch http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=31135H.T. Lenz http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=37842Trevor Lindros http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=109164Mitch Lutz http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=65268Wade MacLeod http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=32366Alexander MacMillan http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=24526Billy Marshall http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=93549Thierry Martine http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=46713Matt Mazzarolo http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=46735Joey McEwan http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=46750Sean Menton http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=46709Blake O’Connor http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=54598Mike Ouellette http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=14854Ben Payne http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=47621Brandon Pfeil http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=54451Casey Pierro-Zabotel http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=11590Benoit Quessandier http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=17983Blair Riley http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=38802Casey Rogers http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=44513Mike Salekin http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=16871Carter Shinkaruk http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=46453Brett Short http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=96295Dave Simoes http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=16586Jordan Soquila http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=46725Evan Stack http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=45763Ryan Stanimir http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=47605Alessio Tomassetti http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=46731Steve Tresierra http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=46726Alex Valenti http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=40192Jacob Verheyden http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=46000Matt Waddell http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=14987Reece Willcox http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=93550Jon-Paul Witkop http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=60356Brandon Wong http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=11441Jordan Zalba http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=51075Lino Chimienti (G) http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=45905Graeme Gordon (G) http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=38010Jon Groenheyde (G) http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=23799Shane Mainprize (G) http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=103116Harrison May (G) http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=46061Brad Thiessen (G) http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=11914Riley Wall (G) http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=25960

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)
http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=143036 F Danton Heinen (95)
http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=105821 F Kurtis Klinger (94)
http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=189847 G Phoenix Logan-Hill (94)
http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=102389 D Reilly O’Connor (93)
http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=125358 F Devin Oakes (95)
http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=84001 D Brett Perrine (93)
http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=163267 G Jack Surgenor (93)
http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=105168 D Jon Thompson (93)
http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=135955

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,
Brian

Here’s the Media Release from the Centennials website:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 info@merrittcentennials.com.