The Merritt Centennials have acquired forward Matt Osadick (’00) from the Swan Valley Stampeders in exchange for forward Frazer Dodd (’99) and goaltender Vincent Duplessis (’99).
Barry Wolff is bringing in a player he’s familiar with in Osadick, as Wolff coached him last year in the MJHL. The 18 year old from Grande Point, Manitoba was a big part of the offense in Swan Valley last season putting up 29 goals and 63 points in just 45 games which had him the 5th highest scorer in the league. He also added 18 points, and 11 goals in 17 playoff games that saw the Stampeders fall in overtime of game 7 of the MJHL final. In addition, he was also a part of Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge, winning a bronze while being held scoreless in 6 games.
The 5’10”, 180 pound forward also has a commitment to the University of Maine.
“Matthew is a top end player with lots of upside. He’s a player I know well, he’s going to slide into the top six, he’s going to work hard, and put his skill on display night in and night out.”
Dodd spent his first full season with the Cents in 2018-19, after being an Affiliate the year prior, contributing 13 points in 34 games. After an injury wiped out his first season with the Cents, Duplessis posted a record of 9-8 with a 3.21 GAA and .906 SV% last year.
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More details have been released in the trade for defenseman Olson Werenka. The move is part of a three team deal with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.
In order to acquire Olson Werenka, the Cents sent d-man Jackson Munro (00) to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, and Alberni sent forward Michael Hodge (00) to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.
Jackson Munro played the last two seasons with the Centennials and over his time compiled 6 goals and 39 points in 97 games.
The two-way defender will be reunited with former Head Coach Joe Martin in Alberni Valley.
The Vancouver Canucks announced this morning that they have re-signed former Cents defender Josh Teves to a two-year, two-way deal.
Teves, 24, made his professional debut with Vancouver on Mar. 26, 2019 vs Anaheim. He signed an entry level contract with Vancouver on Mar. 12, 2019.
In 2018/19, Teves led all Princeton Tigers defencemen in scoring with 20 points (3-17-20) in 30 games. The 6'0", 180-pound defenceman also ranked third on the team in shots on goal (74) and power play assists (10). In 2017/18, Teves finished the season with 33 points (7-26-33) in 31 games, which led all NCAA blueliners in points per game (1.06) and assists per game (0.79). In four seasons at Princeton (2015-2019), Teves registered 85 points (16-69-85) in 126 games.
Prior to his collegiate career, the Calgary, Alberta native played one season for the Centennials, registering 33 points (5-28-33) in 57 games.
The Merritt Centennials will have a good barometer for their pre-season as they've announced their exhibition dates.
The Cents will play a pair of home-and-home series against two of the top teams in the league to test out their team during the pre-season.
The Cents will play the Penticton Vees on back to back nights - first in Penticton on August 23rd, then in Merritt on August 24th. They'll follow that up with a series against the defending champion Prince George Spruce Kings - a game in PG on August 27th and a return to Merritt to finish the pre-season on August 30th.
All start times are 7pm.
The Merritt Centennials have announced the acquisition of two players ahead of the 2019-20 season.
In a pair of moves, the Cents have acquired defenseman Olson Werenka (99) from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and forward Tanner Mortenson (00) from the Notre Dame Hounds of the SJHL for future considerations.
A Calgary, Alberta native standing at 6'2" and weighing 220 pounds, the left shot Werenka compiled 6 goals, 14 assists, and 102 penalty minutes while playing with Salmon Arm last season. He spent the majority of the previous year with the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the AJHL where he had 5 goals, 11 assists and 226 penalty minutes.
Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff says that Werenka is more than just a big body.
"Olson brings a 200 ft game, he has a high end compete, is hard to play against, and doesn't mind playing a more tough and rugged game. We're also hoping he can continue to build on his offensive totals from last season."
Mortenson, also a Calgary native, is 6'0 and 180 pounds and has spent 5 seasons at the prestigious Notre Dame School. Last season with the Hounds Mortenson went pointless in 14 games with 25 penalty minutes.
Coach Wolff says that Mortenson will bring some much needed character to the team.
"Tanner is a high end character kid, he plays hard, and finishes every hit."
Both will report to main camp in August.