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The Merritt Centennials have a strong contingent of Alumni attending development camps across the NHL.

Getting his first taste of an NHL development camp is Kamloops native Diego Cuglietta who will suit up with the Dallas Stars this week after signing an ATO with their AHL Affiliate Texas Stars. Finishing his senior year at Lake Superior State University,  Cuglietta led NCAA Division I Men's Hockey in goals scored (25), while ranking second in faceoff wins (501), he set career highs in goals and points (41) this season, tied his career high in assists (16), and led the Lakers with a +24 rating this season. Cuglietta played for the Centennials from 2012 -2015 and amassed 128 points in 149 games played over 3 seasons of hockey in the BCHL. His best offensive year came in 2013-14 where he scored 19 goals and added 37 assists for 56 points in 53 games played.

Former Cent, and now former Providence College Friar, Brandon Duhaime signed 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. 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. This will be Duhaime's 3rd development camp with the Wild.

Former Centennials defender Josh Teves is looking to find a spot on the Vancouver Canucks blue line in years to come after signing a one year entry-level deal earlier this spring. Teves last played for the Centennials in 2014-15 where he put up 5 goals and 28 helpers in 57 games played. He was also exceptional in the classroom receiving the RBC National Junior A Scholarship for $5000 which is only awarded to one player in the whole CJHL.

Playing a season with the Centennials in 2015-16 goaltender Cole Kehler will be attending LA Kings Development camp. He was signed as a free agent out of the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL and got time with the AHL's Ontario Reign.

More former Cents could be involved in upcoming NHL development camps hosted in July.

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The Merritt Centennials announced this morning that they've found the man to help Barry Wolff behind the bench and behind the scenes this season. 

Derek Sweet-Coulter has been named Assistant Coach and Assistant GM for the 2019-20 season. 

Sweet-Coulter was formerly the Head Coach and GM of the Red Lake Miners of the SIJHL for the past 4 seasons. Derek had a record year, as he was awarded Coach of the Year in the SIJHL, as well as getting recognized with an honorable mention for the CJHL's Coach of the Year for his efforts this past season. Behind the bench last season, he lead the Miners to a 38-15-3 record, good enough for 2nd place in the league. In the playoffs, his Miners fell to the Thunder Bay North Stars in the league finals in 5 games. Sweet-Coulter has also been on the coaching staff for Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challange as an assistant coach in 2017 and 2018 winning gold and bronze medals respectively. 

Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff says Sweet-Coulver will bring a wealth of experience to the organization. 

"Derek's professionalism, passion, and experience was something that we felt would be a strong asset to our Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager Position."

The new Assistant Coach will get his first chance to evaluate talent at Cents main camp in August. 

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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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