Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cents Forward Blaine Bokenfohr Commits to NAIT, Defenceman JP Witkop Commits to Manhattanville College, Assistant Coach/GM Joe Martin's Thoughts on Coming to Merritt::

Great news for the Cents as now all three graduating players from the 2010-11 edition of the team have committed to post-secondary education.

Here's from the Centennials website:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Merritt, BC – May 31, 2011

The Merritt Centennials are pleased to announce the commitment of 21 year old forward Blaine Bokenfohr to the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton for September 2011.

“When we acquired Blaine in November of last year, he was only our second 20 year old player at the time. He was an exceptional leader for us and was willing to play in any role asked of him.” said Cents Head Coach and GM Luke Pierce.

“Blaine has a level of commitment unmatched by many and he quickly became a heart-and-soul guy within our locker room. We think he’ll translate that dedication to his schooling and hockey career in the ACAC.” continued Pierce.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Merritt, BC - May 31, 2011

The Merritt Centennials are pleased to announce the commitment of 21 year old defenceman Jon-Paul Witkop to Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York for September 2011.

“After acquiring Jon-Paul at the trade deadline, he came in and provided maturity to a young club on a defensive pairing with our captain Steve Tresierra.” said Cents head coach and general manager Luke Pierce. “I think he has the ability to have a great amount of success at the NCAA Div. III level and we wish him all the best in his hockey and schooling future.”

Witkop played 16 games for the Cents and posted a goal and three assists in that span to go along with 22 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder is headed back home for school as he hails from Fairport, New York.

I chatted with Cents new assistant coach and assistant GM Joe Martin on yesterday's morning show. Here's the interview:

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