In a move made late last night, the Merritt Centennials' General Manager Joe Martin confirmed the team had completed a trade that would bring in another right handed defensemen to the line up.
The Cents traded for Colten Gerlib who played for the Tri-City Americans and the Surrey Eagles last season, before having his rights dealt to the Maritimes this year. Gerlib had a goal and five assists over 30 games split between the two teams. Seeing the opportunity to bring in a player that can help bring some experience to the back end, and a player the Cents have had their eye on for a while, Martin decided to make the move.
"I've liked Colten for a couple years, I really like the way he skates, he's a puck moving defenseman, and he provides a year of experience of junior hockey and we felt we could use that."
The Cents parted with the rights to Ethan King, who played in 11 regular season, and 6 playoff games for the Centennials last season.
The move means that import player Jake Borgida has been released from the Centennials as well. Martin felt that with the acquisition of Gerlib, Borgida would no longer get the development required and both sides mutually agreed to part ways.
Gerlib could be in the lineup as early as this afternoon for the matinee game against the Langley Rivermen at the Bauer BCHL Showcase at 1pm.