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A big step to the formation of the 2019-20 Centennials begins today.
The Centennials are opening their annual June Abbotsford Summer Camp running today until Sunday at the Summit Centre.
The first practices will begin this morning at 10:00am with players starting to be pitted against each other at 2pm.
Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff says that with over 7 teams competing he's excited to get the camp started.
"The talent level is high and we expect to identify players for not only the upcoming season, but also for the future. I'd like to thank the City of Abbotsford, the Rinks at the Summit Centre, and all the volunteers that will help to make this a successful camp."
Camp will continue on Saturday with games beginning at 8am. A short break for an NCAA seminar, before games continuing to 4:30pm. Sunday will see the players skate from 8:45-11:00am.
Any travelling fans or public is welcome to attend.
 
Full Schedule:

Friday June 7-

Practice

10:00am--Team 1 and 2

11:00am- Team 3 and 4

12:00pm- Team 5 and 6

1:00pm-   Goalie Session  will need shooters

GAMES

2:00pm-Team 1 vs 2

3:15pm-Team 3 vs 4

4:30pm-Team 5 vs 6

Saturday June 8-

      GAMES

      8:00am –   Team 7 vs 1

      9:15am—  Team 2 vs 4

      10:30am—Team 6 vs 3

      11:45am—Team 7 vs 5       Team 7 Meeting with Coach after Game

      

        1:00pm—NCAA Seminar

   

       2:15pm—Team 1 vs 4       Meeting with Coach after Game

       3:30pm – Team  2 vs 6       Meeting with Coach after Game

        Sunday June 9

        GAMES

         8:45am— Team 3 vs 5                Meeting with Coach after Game

         10:00am-  Team 7 vs All Stars   
 
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Cents trade

(Written by Jared Thomas)

The Merritt Centennials are pleased to announce their first move of the off season under new Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff.

The Centennials have acquired 2000 born forward Chase Nameth from the Chilliwack Chiefs in exchange for future considerations.

Nameth, a Regina, Saskatchewan native, got into 44 regular season games and 7 post season games with the Chiefs last year and contributed 1 goal and 2 assists. Prior to that Nameth spent time with the Regina Pat Canadians Midget AAA program where he supplied 20 goals and 27 assists for 47 points in 43 games.

Head Coach Wolff says that he’s excited to have a player who’s played hard for top teams.

“Nameth is a hard nosed forward that will add offensive depth, high end grit and has a great compete level.”

The Centennials would like to welcome Chase and his family to the Centennials organization.

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The Merritt Centennials announced today that Assistant Coach Brandon Shaw will not be returning behind the bench for the 2019-20 season. 

After two years with the Centennials, Shaw has elected to pursue other hockey opportunities. 

Despite moving on, Coach Shaw had nothing but thanks for the team, the town, and community.

"I want to thank you all for the past 2 years. I've grown as a coach and as a person through highs and lows. I think the team has accomplished great things both on and off the ice this past season and proved to the league that Merritt is a special team and a special place to play. It is a special place to play because of the fans who support the team and the staff. I will never forget my time in Merritt and will always cherish it."

The Centennials organization and the Board of Directors wish Brandon the best in his future endeavors and thank him for his commitment to the organization over the past two years.

The Cents are welcoming anyone interested in the position of Assistant Coach with the Centennials to email their resumes to Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Canadian Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday the names of the five finalists for the CJHL Coach of the Year and a familiar name is among the list.

For his efforts in the 2018-19 season, which stands as the third best regular season in Centennials history behind only the legendary Joe Tennant teams of 77 & 78, Joe Martin has been named a finalist for the CJHL's national award.

In his fourth and final year as head coach in Merritt, Martin led the team to a record of 36-15-0-4, a 24-point improvement from the 2017-18 season, including 12 more wins, to finish in a tie for first place in the Interior Division. The offensive side of the game flourished under Martin’s leadership, finishing second in the league with 220 goals for and a plus-38 goal differential while also scoring the second-most power-play goals in 2018-19 with 63. In addition to the success on the ice, The Centennials were among the league leaders in players committed to NCAA Division I programs with 11, including seven that announced their commitments during the 2018-19 season. He also served an assistant coach for Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge the last two years, winning gold in 2017 and bronze in 2018.

Martin will be up against other top coaches in the CJHL including: Ryan PapaioannouBrooks Bandits (AJHL), Jesse WinchesterBrockville Braves (CCHL), Blake SpillerPortage Terriers (MJHL),  Mike TarantinoOakville Blades (OJHL),

This year’s award will be formally presented to the recipient during the NHLCA’s Global Coaches’ Clinic, June 20, in Vancouver, B.C.

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The wild off-season for the Merritt Centennials continues with another alumnus inking an entry level deal with an NHL club.

Former Cent, and now former Providence College Friar, Brandon Duhaime will sign a two-year, entry-level contract that starts next season with the team that drafted him in the 4th round of the 2016 draft - The Minnesota Wild.

For now, Duhaime will report to Iowa of the American Hockey League for the rest of the season on an amateur tryout agreement. Iowa is heading into the first round of the playoffs against the Milwaukee Admirals and they're set to begin on Sunday.

The Parkland, Florida native spent the 2014-15 season with the Merritt Centennials where he racked up 6 goals and 25 points over 53 games before moving on to a year in the USHL and then Providence.

In 42 games with Providence this past season, Duhaime was among their leading scorers tallying 11 goals and 23 assists for 34 points. All three categories were career-highs for the 6-1, 200-pound forward. Duhaime also led the Friars in penalty minutes (53), tied for second in game-winning goals (three) and ranked third in scoring. The 21-year-old finished with 72 points (22 goals and 50 assists) in three seasons with Providence.

Duhaime joins Diego Cuglietta and Josh Teves as Centennials alum's who have signed with NHL or AHL affiliates this off-season.

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