The offseason has begun in earnest and the Merritt Centennials will host their first camp of the year with 80 invitees who will split into 4 teams.
There will be some locals who have a chance to make the squad: Defenseman Atrayu Johnny, Goaltender Colton Macauley, and Forwards Anthony Tulliani and Liam Kelly all hail from the Merritt Midget program. Other locals who have gone abroad for their midget years include: Goaltender Brendan Culbertson from Atlanta in the USPHL (United States Premier Hockey League), Defenseman Talon Zakall from Yale Elite Prep, and Holden King from Niagara in the GMHL (Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League).
Also of interest there will be two younger brothers of current Centennials who will get a chance to crack the roster. Garrett Wicks younger brother of Nick Wicks has impressed with the Greater Vancouver Canadians this past season putting up 41 points in 40 games. Then there's the possibility of having a trio of brothers on the team with local Joshua Van Unen trying out to join twins Rylan and Michael. Joshua registered 40 points in 34 games with Shawnigan Lake last season.
Among the 80 players, there will also be two Affiliate Players who got action with the Centennials this season: Frazer Dodd and Yewta Plamendon. Dodd contributed 4 points over 7 games for the Cents, and 47 points over 40 games for the 100 Mile Wranglers of the KIJHL. Plamendon got into two games this season with the Cents against the Wenatchee Wild, but was unable to find the scoresheet, but with the Kamloops Storm he was able to add 23 goals and 40 points.
Spring Camp will start this Friday with fitness testing, small area games and scrimmages before wrapping up on Sunday.