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The Merritt Centennials announced yesterday that they acquired a defenseman.  

The Cents traded for 18-year-old Joey Berkopec from the Burlington Cougars of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

In his first season with the Cougars, Berkopec put up 4 assists along with 40 penalty minutes, and dressed in 10 playoff games.

Head Coach and General Manager Joe Martin says he sees Berkopec taking big strides this year.

“We expect Joey to be a significant piece on our blueline this season. He is a solid, two-way defender who should excel in the BC Hockey League.”

This is the second player Martin has acquired from Ontario this offseason, after signing Ashton Stockie last week. 

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