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Today marked Phase 2 of the United States Hockey League draft. The USHL is the top junior league in the US, consisting of players who are 20 years of age and younger. In Phase 1, teams can draft players eligible from the 2001 birth year only, but in Phase 2 it is opened up to the 1997- 2000 age group. This means that some standout players in the BCHL will have some decisions to make regarding where they play next season, including a trio of Merritt Centennials: Tyler Ward, Michael Regush, and Zach Metsa.


Tyler Ward (‘98) went in the first round of the Phase 2 draft, 7th overall, to the Tri-City Storm. Committed to the University of Denver, Ward amassed 30 points in 34 games during the regular season and a monster 16 points in 11 playoff games this year for the Cents. Fellow linemate Michael Regush (‘98) was drafted in the 3rd round, by the Youngstown Phantoms, had 36 points in 47 games for the Cents, and provided 9 points in the postseason. On the back end, Zach Metsa (‘98) was also drafted in the third round, also by the Phantoms. Metsa had 27 points over 57 games during the season and provided 5 assists in the playoffs.


Whether today’s news has an effect on the 2017-18 Centennials roster will remain to be seen.