Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cents Weekly Recap, Regan Soquila Named BCHL Player of the Week, Movember, World Junior A Challenge, Alumni Update:

CENTS WEEKLY RECAP

I chatted with Cents Head Coach & GM Luke Pierce on Tuesday about the big weekend which saw their power play go 10-for-20 in three straight wins and we also talked about Regan Soquila winning BCHL Player of the Week.



SOQUILA NAMED BCHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

I know I'm a little late on this, but a huge congrats to Cents rookie forward Regan Soquila!

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Burnaby, BC - November 8, 2010

Merritt Centennials rookie forward Regan Soquila has been named the British Columbia Hockey League's Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday, November 7th, the league announced Monday.

Soquila helped lead the Centennials to a perfect record on home ice last weekend with wins over Vernon, Westside and Quesnel. On Friday, Soquila was part of a rally that saw the Cents fight back from down from 3-0 entering the third period to win 4-3 in overtime over the defending RBC Cup champs. A night later he assisted on a pair of goals -- including Jeff Jones' game-winner -- in a 6-3 victory over the Warriors. And on Sunday, the 17-year old recorded a hat trick and totaled four points in a 9-3 triumph over the Millionaires.

The Maple Ridge, BC native finished the week with three goals and four assists. He currently sits tops in team scoring with 11 goals and second in points with 19 through 20 games.

CENTS TAKE PART IN MOVEMBER

Bid on your favourite Centennials player and help fight prostate cancer!

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Merritt, BC - November 10, 2010

The Merritt Centennials are proud to announce that November 2010 marks the first annual "Movember" fundraiser for the team.

"Movember" is an international movement where men grow mustaches to raise awareness for men’s health issues, most notably Prostate Cancer.

As part of "Movember", all of the Cents players will be trying to grow moustaches to raise money for this great cause.

"The entire Centennials organization would like to encourage everyone to participate in the fight against prostate cancer for the month of November," said Cents Marketing Manager Maddison Canuel. "In 2010 alone, over 4400 men will die from this tragic disease and by making a small donation throughout the month we can all do our part to find a cure for prostate cancer."

Men, women and children are encouraged to join the Centennials "Movember" team. This can be done by going to the following website: http://ca.movember.com/mospace/598312/

You can also donate to the Movember Foundation via the aforementioned URL.

November is "Movember" with the Merritt Centennials!

2011 WORLD JUNIOR A CHALLENGE COACH/GM JOB POSTING

I chatted with Manager of Domestic Events for Hockey Canada Kevin Webster about the recent job postings for Head Coach/GM of Canada West and East for the 2011 World Junior A Challenge and some thoughts on this year's tournament, now underway in Penticton.



FORMER CENTS NETMINDER BRAD THIESSEN NAMED AHL CO-GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that John Curry and Brad Thiessen of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have been named co-winners of the Reebok/AHL Goaltender of the Month award for October. Curry and Thiessen split the goaltending chores and combined to go 8-0-0 with a 1.84 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage as the Penguins remained the league’s only unbeaten team.

Thiessen (4-0-0, 1.96, .930) and Curry (4-0-0, 1.72, .940) alternated starts, beginning with Thiessen’s 30-save performance in a 4-3 shootout win over Hershey on opening night, Oct. 9. Curry earned his first victory of the season with 25 saves in a 2-1 decision over Adirondack on Oct. 12. Thiessen made 30 saves in three of his four games, while Curry made a season-high 37 stops in a 2-1 shootout victory vs. Binghamton on Oct. 23. In 245 minutes of work each, Thiessen stopped 107 of 115 shots while Curry turned aside 110 of 117. The Penguins finished the month ranked first in the AHL in team defense (1.88 goals allowed per game) and first in penalty killing (93.0 percent).

In recognition of their achievement, Curry and Thiessen will each be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Penguins home game.

Thiessen, a native of Aldergrove, B.C., was 14-14-1 (2.45, .914) with four shutouts in 30 AHL games as a rookie with the Penguins in 2009-10. At Northeastern University, he was one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s outstanding collegiate player in 2008-09.

FORMER CENTS GOALTENDER JARED ANDERSEN JOINS AJHL'S CALGARY MUSTANGS

Jared Andersen, 19, has joined the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Calgary Mustangs after being released by the Centennials last month. Through one game with the Mustangs, Andersen has an 0-1 record with a 5.00 GAA and a .737 save percentage.

FORMER CENTS FORWARD THOMAS HARDY SIGNS WITH QUESNEL

From the Quesnel Cariboo Observer:

In an attempt to address the sagging offence the Millionaires acquired the rights to Thomas Hardy, a 18-year-old forward with the Aldergrove Kodiaks of the Pacific International Junior Hockey League.

Hardy, who has 18 goals in 19 games with the Kodiaks, is expected to be in the lineup this weekend.

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