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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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The BCHL has announced changes to it's Showcase format, but the Centennials will have some familiar adversaries on the ice.

The league has made a number of adjustments to it's showcase which include:

  • The creation of a Festival event to celebrate the official puck-drop to the hockey season in B.C. The event will now be called the BCHL Showcase Festival presented by Bauer.
  • The addition of a second venue as Penticton will host the league’s Interior teams for NCAA and NHL scouts while Chilliwack takes its traditional role hosting the Lower Mainland and Island BCHL teams.
  • A BC Hockey Festival in Penticton, which will include other levels of hockey in B.C. outside of Junior A as well as several fan interaction areas to celebrate our great game.
  • A partnership with BC Hockey who will work with the league to increase the reach of the event, including the participation of minor hockey programs from across the province.

The Showcase schedule will begin at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack with games on Oct. 2 and 3 and will shift venues for the weekend action at South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton on Oct. 4 and 5.

The Centennials are one of the only teams to split time between the two venues. They will head down to Chilliwack to play on Thursday October 3rd against Former Head Coach Joe Martin and the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at 4:30pm, and will follow that up by playing last years first round opponent, the Trail Smoke Eaters at the SOEC in Penticton at 4pm on Friday October 4th.

The game at the showcase will be the first meeting for Head Coach Joe Martin against his former club.

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The Merritt Centennials have announced their schedule for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

The pre-season will see the Cents host two home games. One on August 24th against the Penticton Vees, and the other on August 30th against the Prince George Spruce Kings.

The season kicks off with the Murray GM Home Opener against the Wenatchee Wild on Friday, September 6th and will feature some new exciting incentives to keep fans coming back for more.

Parent's Weekend and the Ice Breaker will be on the weekend of October 25th - October 27th. On the 25th the Cents will face off against the Langley Rivermen, the Ice Breaker will be on the evening of the 26th, and the Penticton Vees will visit on Sunday afternoon on the 27th.

The reigning champion Prince George Spruce Kings visit the NVMA on November 22nd.

Teddy Bear Toss night will be December 21st, and the new year kicks off with a game against first round opponents of 2018-19 Trail Smoke Eaters on January 3rd.

The Cents Mental Health Night will be on February 22nd against the Trail Smoke Eaters.

Full schedule of home and away games are available here: https://bchl.ca/stats/schedule/15/40/all-months/homeaway?league=1&gametype=-1

Season Tickets are still available at the Marketing Office across from Canada Post!

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