The Merritt Centennials announced today that they've committed to forward Alex Ochitwa (02) for the 2020-21 season.
A native of Prince George, BC, the 5'6, 160 pound, left shot forward may be small in stature, but he's high in skill. Playing the past two seasons in the BC Major Midget League with the Cariboo Cougars the Ochitwa is over a point-per-game producer. In his inaugural BCMML campaign he was able to contribute 17 goals and 18 assists in 40 games during the regular season and added 5 points as the Cougars took home the Championship Banner and the Cromie Memorial Trophy. This past season despite being shortened with injury to just 30 games, Ochitwa was able to continue his upwards trajectory and net 23 goals and 31 assists in just 30 games.
Ochitwa says he is looking forward to what the Cents are building.
"I'm most excited about the atmosphere being built in Merritt. The culture the team is creating looks like it could build towards something very special. Being a part of a team-first program is very promising and I'm excited to contribute to that. Also, very excited to join such a long standing organization."
The new recruit says that he brings a number of things to his game, but he knows and is ready to play Cents hockey.
"Hard work is always a key value for the Cents and that is something I'm committed to bring. I think the creative aspect of my game is something I can contribute to the team and hope to help bring some offence."
Head Coach Derek Sweet-Coulter says he's excited to add a player that checks not only the offensive boxes, but the overall character boxes as well.
"Alex is a dynamic and creative offensive player who has great East/West ability. More importantly he is a person of tremendous character and will be a big part of our team first culture moving forward. He understands that with team success first, personal success will follow. He is a positive leader and a determined individual that wants to get better every day. We are extremely excited to add this talented player and great person to our organization. We have done extensive research on Alex and we have no doubt he will fit our new culture and represent the Cents core values on and off the ice."
Ochitwa says he's ready to train hard to make sure he's ready for the season ahead.
"My summer is geared towards working on my speed and strength. Becoming faster and stronger will help open up ice for myself and teammates."
Cents fans can look forward to seeing Alex in action at main camp in Merritt on the eve of the season.