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.