Friday, September 30, 2011

Merritt Centennials-Sherwood Park Crusaders Trade:


The Merritt Centennials have made their first trade of the season, sending veteran F Steve Wall (91) to the AJHL's Sherwood Park Crusaders for future considerations.

The move leaves a hole in the Cents line-up as they're now down to just 20 players, meaning there's room to add one more without making any subtractions. It makes me think that Luke Pierce is set to sign either a player from junior 'B' or BC Major Midget League, or there's another transaction to come.

The deal also means that the Cents are down a "letter" in their locker room as Wall was just starting his second season as an assistant captain.

Meantime, here's the deets on this move:

To Sherwood Park Crusaders:
F Steve Wall (91)

To Merritt Centennials:
Future Considerations

Here's the release from the Cents website:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Merritt, BC - September 29, 2011

Merritt Centennials Head Coach and GM Luke Pierce announced today that the team struck a deal with Sherwood Park of the Alberta Junior Hockey League which sent forward Steve Wall (91) to the Crusaders for future consideratons.

"On behalf of the entire Centennials organization, I'd like to thank Steve for his effort in Merritt for the last three years," said Pierce. "I certainly wish him the best in Sherwood Park and the rest of his hockey career."

Wall, 20, was into his second season as an assistant captain with the Cents. Since being acquired from the AJHL's Spruce Grove Saints in June 2009, he's played 112 games in Merritt, posting 16 goals and 23 assists and 73 penalty minutes. The St. Albert, AB has spent time with the St. Albert Steel (AJHL) during his career.

Cents Add Six Affiliate Players to 2011-12 Roster:

The Centennials have signed six players as AP's for the 2011-12 season.

With the new 21-man roster, it's very important for all BCHL teams to have a strong reserve roster that they can pull from and rely on to fill gaps when players are injured, suspended, healthy scratched, etc.

Three of the players the Cents have added are playing with the Princeton Posse, one is with the Osoyoos Coyotes, one is with the Kelowna Chiefs and the other is with the Chase Heat.

D Curtis Bellamy (94)

D Braeden Hikichi (92)

F Jaden Janzen (93)

F Scott Patterson (93)

G Russell Sanderson (94)

F Eric Schmidt (93)

Game Four: Centennials vs. Trail Preview:


Merritt (1-1-1-0) vs. Trail (0-2-1-0)

Tonight is the second of eight meetings between the Merritt Centennials and Trail.

It's the Centennials 39th home opener in the history of the franchise. The taligate party in the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena parking lot starts at 6 pm with games, food, music and more!

For the Smoke Eaters, it's their first road game of the 2011-12 season.

The game is available with Cents PBP announcer Alex Grebenyuk on Q101 in Merritt at 101.1 FM in the Nicola Valley. You can also tune in at Q101.ca or on the BCHL Fanzone at BCHL.ca

Last Game Played:
Wednesday, September 28: Merritt tied Trail 3-3 at the Cominco Arena
Wednesday, September 28: Trail tied Merritt 3-3 at the Cominco Arena

Next Games:
Saturday, October 1: Merritt vs. Westside
Saturday, October 1: Trail @ Penticton

Let's take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

Games Played: 3
Wins: 1
Losses: 1
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 0-0-0-0
Road Record: 1-1-1-0
Streak: Two game unbeaten streak
Last Ten Games: 1-1-1-0
Goals For: 10
Goals Against: 12
Standings: 3rd place Interior Conference
Power Play (Overall): 1/12 (8.33%) - T-12th in BCHL
Power Play (Home): 0/0 (0%) - T-13th in BCHL
Power Play (Away): 1/12 (8.33%) - 6th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Overall): 11/12 (91.67%) - 5th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Home): 0/0 (0%) - T-13th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Away): 11/12 (91.67%) - 4th in BCHL

Since the 2003-04 season, Merritt is 24-24-2-2 overall vs. the Smoke Eaters

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 15-9-0-2 at home vs. Trail

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 9-15-2-0 in Trail

Merritt is 4-5-1-0 in its last 10 visits to the Cominco Arena

Merritt is 6-4-0-0 in its last 10 home games vs. Trail

Merritt’s last win over Trail in Merritt was a 4-2 victory back on Saturday, February 19, 2011 to close out the 2010-11 regular season.

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 9:33 - Jeff Jones from Regan Soquila and Chad Brears
Trail Smoke Eaters at 5:59 (PP) - Logan Proulx from Nic DeSousa and Cullen Bradshaw
PERIOD 2
Merritt Centennials at 16:29 - Max Vallis from Blaine Bokenfohr and Kameran Crawford
Merritt Centennials at 9:43 - Jakob Reichert from Chad Brears and Stephen Wall
Trail Smoke Eaters at 7:51 - Jordan Bauer from Adam Boytinck and Curtis Tonello
Merritt Centennials at 4:34 - Jeff Jones from Max Vallis and Sean Maktaak
PERIOD 3
No Scoring

Former Centennials on the Smoke Eaters:
None (but F Brent Baltus (92) and F Matt Bissett (94) have both unsuccessfully tried out for the Cents in past years)
Trail Head Coach/GM Bill Birks is a former Merritt player and Assistant Coach, as is Smokies Assistant Coach Bob Dever

Average Age: 18.55 years
Average Ht: 5'11.5"
Average Wt: 176.8 lbs.

Centennials home record vs. Trail this season: 0-0
Centennials road record vs. Trail last season: 0-0-1-0

Merritt Centennials Returning Players:

Chad Brears (91)
Lino Chimienti (91)
Brent Fletcher (92)
Silvan Harper (92)
Dustin Lebrun (92)
Sean Maktaak (92)
Billy Marshall (91)
Brandon Pfeil (92)
Jakob Reichert (93)
Richard Sabourin (92)
Regan Soquila (93)
Evan Stack (91)
Tyler Steel (93)
Steve Wall (91)
Reece Willcox (94)

Merritt Centennials departed & traded players from last year's team:

Jeff Jones (91)
Max Vallis (91)
Steve Tresierra (90)
David Sabey (91)
Blaine Bokenfohr (90)
Kameran Crawford (91)
J-P Witkop (90)
Dylan Playfair (92)
Brett Kolins (92 - didn't report to Merritt after being acquired from Victoria)

Let's take a look at the Trail Smoke Eaters:

Games Played: 3
Wins: 0
Losses: 2
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 0-2-1-0
Road Record: 0-0-0-0
Streak: Three game winless streak
Last Ten Games: 0-2-1-0
Goals For: 7
Goals Against: 15
Standings: 8th place Interior Conference
Power Play (Overall): 2/14 (14.29%) - 9th in BCHL
Power Play (Home): 2/14 (14.29%) - 7th in BCHL
Power Play (Away): 0/0 (0%) - T-12th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Overall): 4/9 (44.44%) - 16th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Home): 4/9 (44.44%) - 10th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Away): 0/0 (0%) - T-13th in BCHL

Former Smoke Eaters on the Centennials:
None

Average Age: 18.26 years
Average Ht: 5'11.4"
Average Wt: 173.79 lbs.

Smoke Eaters home record vs. Merritt this season: 0-0-1-0
Smoke Eaters road record vs. Merritt this season: 0-0-0-0

Trail Smoke Eaters Returning Players:

Adam Boytinck (92)
Erik Cooper (91)
Matt Larose (92)
Clayton McEwan (91)
Logan Proulx (91)
Rajan Sidhu (91)

Trail Smoke Eaters departed & traded players from last year's team:

Jake Baker (91)
Joey Baker (93)
Jordan Bauer (91)
Beau Blanaru (92)
Cullen Bradshaw (90)
Nic DeSousa (90)
Ryan Dixon (94)
Scott Jacklin (90)
Ryan Luiten (92)
Paul Mailey (90)
Ben Matthews (92)
Sam Mellor (92)
Travis St. Denis (92)
Kiefer Smiley (90)
Dylan Tappe (92)
Curtis Tonello (90)
Eric Walker (93)

Victoria Grizzlies-Okotoks Oilers Trade:


The shake-up on the Victoria Grizzlies continues as according to the Victoria Times-Colonist, they've traded F Chase Paylor (92) to the AJHL's Okotoks Oilers for future considerations.

To Okotoks Oilers:
F Chase Paylor (92)

To Victoria Grizzlies:
Future Considerations

Here's a link to the Times-Colonist story: Struggling Grizzlies Shake Things Up

Cents Start on Bittersweet Note:

This is posted on the Merritt News website:

September 29, 2011

Robin Poon - News Reporter

The Merritt Centennials started off the regular season on a bittersweet note, bowing to the Prince George Spruce Kings 6-3 Friday before recovering Saturday for a 4-3 win.

At the Prince George Coliseum Friday, the Spruce Kings jumped to a two-goal lead by the end of the first period and adding another at the top of the second, leaving the goal-less Cents scrambling to catch up.

Newly minted Cents captain Evan Stack proved his worth twice that evening, breaking the streak in a power play just after the game’s halfway mark, at 10:23 in the second period. He scored once more in the losing effort during the third period.

In between, Chad Brears added one other goal late in the second period.

However, the Spruce Kings easily maintained their initial lead for the rest of the game.

While Stack’s goal in the third period brought the score to 4-3 and nearly closed the gap, the Spruce Kings added two more goals before the game’s end, resulting in a 6-3 victory for the home team.

The Spruce Kings also outshot the Cents 33-17.

Billy Marshall, Silvan Harper, Regan Soquila, Richard Sabourin, and Brandon Pfeil, all returning Centennials, each added an assist.

Centennial Lino Chimienti tended goal throughout the game, making 27 saves.

The Spruce Kings again made the first mark on the scoreboard Saturday but the Centennials were much quicker to respond.

After Jujhar Khaira added the first goal for Prince George at 8:48 in the first period, Centennial Payton Schaefer tied him at 14:48.

Schaefer was born and raised in Merritt. Although he played several games (and scored) for the Cents as an affiliate, Saturday’s goal was his first as a full British Columbia Hockey League player.

Leo Fitzgerald added another Spruce Kings goal at the end of the first period.

However, Pfeil and Stephen Wall added two more for the Cents in the second period.

Fitzgerald managed to tie the score with a second goal in the third, but Soquila responded less than two-and-a-half minutes later.

Soquila also racked up an assist, as did Marshall, Stack, and fellow vets Brent Fletcher and Dustin Lebrun. New team members Brandon Bruce, Dylan Chanter, Brandon Bruce, and Brendan Lamont had an assist each as well.

Tyler Steel kept the pucks at bay Saturday, blocking 35 Spruce Kings shots.

The Centennials faced the Trail Smoke Eaters Wednesday evening. The results of that game were not available as of press time.

The team’s home opener is 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, again playing against the Smoke Eaters. They face the Westside Warriors 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Cents Home Opener This Friday night vs. Trail:

This is posted on the Merritt Herald website:

By Ian Webster - Merritt Herald
Published: September 29, 2011 12:00 PM

Merritt Centennials​’ fans will finally get to see their BCHL team in its entirety this weekend, as the Cents play their first two games of the 2011-12 regular season on home ice.

Friday night, the Centennials host the Trail Smoke Eaters in the back half of a home-and-home two-game series that saw Merritt visit the Kootenay city on Wednesday of this week. The score of that game was unavailable at press time.

Saturday, it’s the Westside Warriors​ who roll into town for the second meeting between the two teams this year. The Cents edged the Warriors 2 - 1 in exhibition play back on September 3rd.

Last weekend, the Centennials opened their 2011-12 campaign with a split of games played against the Prince George Spruce Kings in the northern B.C. community.

On Friday night, the Cents displayed some first night jitters in a 6-3 loss to the Spruce Kings. The team managed to settle itself down overnight, and rebounded with a 4-3 victory over the Sprucies just 24 hours later.

“I thought that Friday’s game was a bit of a coin toss,” stated Cents’ head coach and GM Luke Pierce following his team’s return to Merritt from PG in the wee hours of Sunday morning. “Both teams made lots of mistakes. Whoever got the breaks was going to win. We probably had just as many scoring chances as they did, but just weren’t able to capitalize.”

Merritt fell behind quickly on Friday night, giving up three goals in just over 21 minutes of hockey. Evan Stack got the Cents on the board at 10:23 of the second period with a power play tally, but the Spruce Kings replied less than three minutes later with a man advantage marker of their own.

A late second period goal by Chad Brears, and Stack’s second of the night at 4:41 of the third gave the Cents life, but two late goals by PG’s Gerry Fitzgerald snuffed out any hopes of a Merritt comeback.

Fitzgerald, along with brothers Leo and Myles, feasted on the Centennials all weekend long. Between them, they garnered five goals and five assists for a total of 10 points in the two outings.

“Those three, I’ll give them a lot of credit,” said Pierce of the diminutive but talented Fitzgerald triplets who were traded to Prince George in the off-season by the Nanaimo Clippers. “They’ve had a lot of people doubt them, but their compete level is tremendous. They have a lot of speed and a lot of skill.”

Pierce was much more pleased with his team’s effort and execution in the second half of last weekend’s doubleheader.

“It was nice that we were able to make some adjustments and be that much better on Saturday,” he stated. “We put a lot of focus on putting the game on Friday behind us, and making sure that we didn’t lose back-to-back [games].”

While the Spruce Kings again got the first goal of the game on Saturday, the Cents were able to reply just a few minutes later, as Merritt’s own Payton Schaefer registered his first BCHL goal at 14:48 of the first period.

For the second night in a row, the Centennials gave up a goal in the final minute of the first period to fall behind 2-1 at the intermission.

Merritt’s Brandon Pfeil tied things up at 6:02 of the second with one of his trademark goals off a point shot from the right side. Stephen Wall then put the Centennials back in front at the 12:20 mark. The 3-2 lead held up until the midpoint of the final frame when a Fitzgerald again, this time Leo, evened things on the scoreboard with a pretty goal off a three-way passing play with his brothers.

Merritt’s top line of Stack, Regan Soquila and Brandon Bruce answered back just over two minutes later, with Soquila burying the eventual game winner behind Sprucies’ netminder Kirk Thompson.

Both Stack and Soquila had three-point weekends. Equally as impressive, no fewer than 14 Centennials garnered at least one point in the team’s opening two games. In net, Tyler Steel was the game two winner between the pipes, stopping 35 of 38 shots on the night, including 21 by the Spruce Kings in the third period.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Former Centennials Forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel Traded from Wheeling to Bakersfield:


Former Centennials captain Casey Pierro-Zabotel has been traded in the East Coast Hockey League from the Wheeling Nailers to the Bakersfield Condors for future considerations.


Here's the release from the ECHL website:

Condors acquire Pierro-Zabotel

September 29, 2011

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors announced today that the team has acquired the rights to forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel from the Wheeling Nailers in exchange for future considerations. Pierro-Zabotel is under contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

A native of Ashcroft, British Columbia, Pierro-Zabotel was a third-round selection (80th overal) of the Penguins in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. In 2009-10, he began his professional career with the Nailers, recording 41 points (12g-29a) in 49 games. He earned a mid-season recall to the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins that season and appeared in nine games with one assist.

Last season, he recorded 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points in 42 games played with Wheeling before being loaned to Cincinnati. With the Cyclones, Pierro-Zabotel tallied four goals and 16 assists for 20 points in 25 games to close out the season. His totals at the ECHL level include 116 games played, 30 goals and 65 assists for 95 points.

Pierro-Zabotel enjoyed a highly successful two-year stint in the WHL with the Vancouver Giants. He set franchise single-season highs in assists (79) and points (115), en route to receiving the Bob Clarke Trophy as the WHL's leading scorer in 2008-09. Prior to his time in Vancouver, the 22-year-old forward began his junior career in the BCHL with the Merritt Centennials. In 2006-07, he recorded 116 points in 55 games played which led to his draft selection after the season's conclusion.

Former Centennials Defenceman Kam Crawford Joins Osoyoos Coyotes:


Former Centennials defenceman Kameran Crawford (91) has signed on with the KIJHL's Osoyoos Coyotes for his final year of junior hockey.

Crawford asked for a trade from Merritt prior to training camp.

Here's the line on his career:

Former Centennials Forward David Sabey Joins Winkler Flyers:


The Centennials have moved F David Sabey (91) to Winkler Flyers of the MJHL for future considerations.

Sabey had previously requested a move from the Cents for his final season of junior 'A' hockey.

David is a good guy and I'm glad that Cents head coach and GM Luke Pierce and Winkler head coach and GM Ken Pearson worked together to ensure that he's able to continue his junior 'A' career.

To Winkler Flyers:
F David Sabey (91)

To Merritt Centennials:
Future Considerations

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Game Three: Cents @ Smoke Eaters Preview:


Merritt (1-1-0-0) @ Trail (0-2-0-0)

Tonight is the first of eight meetings between the Merritt Centennials and Trail.

The game is available with Cents PBP announcer Alex Grebenyuk on Q101 in Merritt at 101.1 FM in the Nicola Valley. You can also tune in at Q101.ca or on the BCHL Fanzone at BCHL.ca

Last Game Played:
Saturday, September 24: Merritt beat Prince George 4-3 at the Prince George Coliseum
Saturday, September 24: Trail lost 5-1 to Westside at the Cominco Arena

Next Games:
Friday, September 30: Merritt vs. Trail
Friday, September 30: Trail @ Merritt

Let's take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

Games Played: 2
Wins: 1
Losses: 1
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 0-0-0-0
Road Record: 1-1-0-0
Streak: One game winning streak
Last Ten Games: 1-1-0-0
Goals For: 7
Goals Against: 9
Standings: 5th place Interior Conference
Power Play (Overall): 1/11 (9.09%) - 13th in BCHL
Power Play (Home): 0/0 (0%) - T-13th in BCHL
Power Play (Away): 1/11 (9.09%) - 6th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Overall): 9/10 (90%) - T-6th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Home): 0/0 (0%) - T-13th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Away): 9/10 (90%) - T-3rd in BCHL

Since the 2003-04 season, Merritt is 24-24-1-2 overall vs. the Smoke Eaters

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 15-9-0-2 at home vs. Trail

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 9-15-1-0 in Trail

Merritt is 4-6-0-0 in its last 10 visits to the Cominco Arena

Merritt is 6-4-0-0 in its last 10 home games vs. Trail

Merritt’s last win at the Cominco Arena was a 3-1 victory back on Friday, January 7, 2011.

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 7:57 - Billy Marshall from Regan Soquila and Brandon Pfeil
Merritt Centennials at 1:12 (PP) - Jeff Jones from Steve Tresierra and Evan Stack
PERIOD 2
Trail Smoke Eaters at 15:15 - Scott Jacklin from Curtis Tonello and Sam Mellor
PERIOD 3
Merritt Centennials at 8:49 - Max Vallis from David Sabey and Chad Brears

Former Centennials on the Smoke Eaters:
None (but F Brent Baltus (92) and F Matt Bissett (94) have both unsuccessfully tried out for the Cents in past years)
Trail Head Coach/GM Bill Birks is a former Merritt player and Assistant Coach, as is Smokies Assistant Coach Bob Dever

Average Age: 18.55 years
Average Ht: 5'11.5"
Average Wt: 176.8 lbs.

Centennials home record vs. Trail last season: 2-1
Centennials road record vs. Trail last season: 1-3

Merritt Centennials Returning Players:

Chad Brears (91)
Lino Chimienti (91)
Brent Fletcher (92)
Silvan Harper (92)
Dustin Lebrun (92)
Sean Maktaak (92)
Billy Marshall (91)
Brandon Pfeil (92)
Jakob Reichert (93)
Richard Sabourin (92)
Regan Soquila (93)
Evan Stack (91)
Tyler Steel (93)
Steve Wall (91)
Reece Willcox (94)

Merritt Centennials departed & traded players from last year's team:

Jeff Jones (91)
Max Vallis (91)
Steve Tresierra (90)
David Sabey (91)
Blaine Bokenfohr (90)
Kameran Crawford (91)
J-P Witkop (90)
Dylan Playfair (92)
Brett Kolins (92 - didn't report to Merritt after being acquired from Victoria)

Let's take a look at the Trail Smoke Eaters:

Games Played: 2
Wins: 0
Losses: 2
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 0-2-0-0
Road Record: 0-0-0-0
Streak: Two game losing streak
Last Ten Games: 0-2-0-0
Goals For: 4
Goals Against: 12
Standings: 8th place Interior Conference
Power Play (Overall): 2/12 (16.67%) - T-8th in BCHL
Power Play (Home): 2/12 (16.67%) - 7th in BCHL
Power Play (Away): 0/0 (0%) - T-12th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Overall): 3/8 (37.5%) - 16th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Home): 3/8 (37.5%) - 11th in BCHL
Penalty Kill (Away): 0/0 (0%) - T-12th in BCHL

Former Smoke Eaters on the Centennials:
None

Average Age: 18.29 years
Average Ht: 5'11"
Average Wt: 173.3 lbs.

Smoke Eaters home record vs. Merritt last season: 3-1
Smoke Eaters road record vs. Merritt last season: 1-2

Trail Smoke Eaters Returning Players:

Adam Boytinck (92)
Erik Cooper (91)
Matt Larose (92)
Clayton McEwan (91)
Logan Proulx (91)
Rajan Sidhu (91)


Trail Smoke Eaters departed & traded players from last year's team:

Jake Baker (91)
Joey Baker (93)
Jordan Bauer (91)
Beau Blanaru (92)
Cullen Bradshaw (90)
Nic DeSousa (90)
Ryan Dixon (94)
Scott Jacklin (90)
Ryan Luiten (92)
Paul Mailey (90)
Ben Matthews (92)
Sam Mellor (92)
Travis St. Denis (92)
Kiefer Smiley (90)
Dylan Tappe (92)
Curtis Tonello (90)
Eric Walker (93)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Trail Smoke Eaters-Lloydminster Bobcats Trade:


I've heard from a couple of sources that the Trail Smoke Eaters have acquired D Liam McAllister (93) from the AJHL's Lloydminster Bobcats.

No word yet on what the Smokies have given up, but as soon as I find out, I'll post an update.

As of right now, here's what I know:

To Trail Smoke Eaters:
D Liam McAllister (93)

To Lloydminster Bobcats:
???

Penticton Vees-Victoria Grizzlies Trade:


The winds of change continue to blow through our provincial capital as Penticton PBP voice Fraser Rodgers reports that the Vees have traded F Mike Moran (91) to Victoria for D Nick Buchanan (91).

Here's the book on each player:

To Penticton Vees:
D Nick Buchanan (91)

To Victoria Grizzlies:
F Mike Moran (91)

Two Minutes in the Box With Cents Defenceman Dylan Chanter:


Cents rookie defenceman Dylan Chanter was our guest for Saturday's "Two Minutes in the Box" feature. Here it is:

Two Minutes in the Box With Cents Forward Payton Schaefer:


One of the most popular features during our Centennials broadcasts is back this season, called "Two Minutes in the Box".

Here is one of the first two, aired during our season opening broadcast last Friday for the Cents game vs. Prince George featuring Merritt's own Payton Schaefer:

Weekly Recap With Cents Head Coach & GM Luke Pierce:


Cents Head Coach and GM Luke Pierce joined me this morning on the Q101 Morning Show for our weekly "Bringing In Back" feature, brought to you by KFC.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Prince George Spruce Kings-Victoria Grizzlies Trade:


Victoria took care of its 20-year-old problem today, dealing F Michael Colantone (91) and futures to Prince George for D Jesse Ursic (93). Ursic was one of the "towers" on the Spruce Kings defence, standing at 6'5" and weighing 215 lbs.

To Prince George Spruce Kings:
F Michael Colantone (91)

+ Future Considerations
To Victoria Grizzlies:

Victoria-Newmarket Trade:


Although he's already played a game with the Grizzlies as an AP, the BCHL announced today the acquisition of D Kevin Woodyatt (92) from the OJHL's Newmarket Hurricanes for future considerations.

Victoria is doing some major roster juggling right now, with two players - Woodyatt and F Brad Gehl (91) - listed as affiliates, even though they are neither prospects nor players who aren't expected to play a regular role with the Grizzlies. They can each play ten games as an AP before Victoria needs to make a decision on them or someone else on their roster.

I'm thinking that other teams will begin to do the same thing as they try to manage the newly reduced 21-man roster in the BCHL.

In the meantime, here's the skinny on this trade...

To Victoria Grizzlies:
D Kevin Woodyatt (92)

To Newmarket Hurricanes:
Future Considerations
(Last season's Merritt Bantam Rep Team)

I received this email this morning from Robyn Grebliunas, who is the Team Manager for this year's Merritt Bantam Rep team. Thanks for the email Robyn!

The Merritt Bantam Rep finished off a busy week long tryout with two home games this past weekend.

Friday night lost to Vernon 10-2.
Merritt goals were scored by Riley Barnes, assisted by Jessie Cunningham and Grady Musgrave and Marcello Bose, assisted by Kris Chastco and Adam Mccormack.

Saturday Merritt lost to Kamloops 7-1, with the Merritt goal scored by Jessie Cunningham and assisted by Riley Barnes and Grady Musgrave.

Saturday afternoon marked the end of the rep tryouts for the Bantam group. On Sunday the Murray GM Bantam Rep Team were out in full swing on a bottle drive to raise money for tournament fees. Players and parents put in a long day productive day raising money for team expenses.

Head Coach, Paul Barnes, is optimistic about season and looks forward to starting regular season play on October 1st. Merritt Bantam Rep Team invites you to cheer them on at their home games, with their home tournament being November 25-27th. The team will travel to Vernon, Westside and Chilliwack for tournaments this season. They invite their fans to join them at their next fundraiser coming up October 17th, 5pm @ Boston Pizza. Tickets are available from all team players/parents.

You can see the Merritt Bantam Rep Team in action this weekend at the Merritt arena:

Saturday, October 1st, 3:45pm vrs Salmon Arm
Sunday, October 2nd, 8:30am vrs Salmon Arm

Sunday, September 25, 2011

BCHL Alumni on NHL Waivers:


A number of NHL players were placed on waivers in the last 24 hours, including many who are BCHL alumni.

It'll be interesting to see whether these players are sent to the minors, are claimed by other teams, or bought out of their contracts if they clear waivers.

D Shaone Morrisonn

F David Van Der Gulik

F Raymond Sawada

F Kyle Greentree

Cents Gain a Split in Prince George After 4-3 Win Last Night:

So the Cents come home from Prince George with a split. Although I didn't get to see either game, the word from Cents PBP voice Alex Grebenyuk is that Merritt looked much better last night than Friday night.

What's really encouraging to me is that of the seven goals the Cents scored through both games, they had 14 different players find the scoresheet. Merritt now looks forward to another long trip, this time to Trail, before returning for its home opener this coming Friday against the Smoke Eaters.

(From merrittcentennials.com)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Prince George, BC - September 24, 2011

Regan Soquila scored a goal and added an assist as the Merritt Centennials beat the Prince George Spruce Kings 4-3 in BC Hockey League action Saturday night.

Payton Schaefer, Steve Wall, and Brandon Pfeil also counted for Merritt (1-1-0-0). Billy Marshall, Dylan Chanter, Evan Stack, Brent Fletcher, Brandon Bruce, Brendan Lamont and Dustin Lebrun each had assists for the Cents.

Leo Fitzgerald tallied twice for Prince George (1-1-0-0) while Jujhar Khaira added a single.

Tyler Steel kicked out 35 shots for the Centennials, while Kirk Thompson made 26 saves for the Spruce Kings.

Merritt wound up 0-for-8 on the power play and PG was 0-for-7 with the man advantage.

The Centennials next game is Wednesday, September 28 in Trail against the Smoke Eaters. Merritt's home opener is Friday, September 30 at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, also against Trail.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

On The Map - Amherst Ramblers:


Inspired by an article in a recent issue of The Hockey News, I thought I'd take time on the blog to highlight some off the other teams around the Canadian Junior Hockey League.

So let's start with the Amherst Ramblers.

Team Name: Amherst Ramblers

League: Maritime Hockey League

City: Amherst, Nova Scotia (Pop. 9,505)

Founded: 1968

Head Coach/GM: Jim Bottomley

2010-11 Leading Scorer: Brandon Street (91) - 26g, 28a in 52 games

Notable Alumni: Joey MacDonald (Boston, Detroit, New York Islanders, Toronto)

Cents @ Spruce Kings Line-Ups:

Merritt Centennials

12 - Soquila, Regan (93) 14 - Bruce, Brandon (93) 9 - Stack, Evan (91)
8 - Harper, Silvan (92) 19 - Brears, Chad (91) 15 - Reichert, Jakob (93)
18 - Schaefer, Payton (93) 10 - Fletcher, Brent (92) 16 - Maktaak, Sean (92)
21 - Lebrun, Dustin (92) 22 - Wall, Stephen (91) 17 - Lamont, Brendan (94)

24 - Sabourin, Richard (92) 25 - Pfeil, Brandon (92)
4 - Martin, Tyler (93) 6 - Mancuso, Ross (92)
2 - Marshall, Billy (91) 7 - Chanter, Dylan (95)

35 - Steel, Tyler
1 - Chimienti, Lino

Scratches: 3 - Willcox, Reece

Prince George Spruce Kings

23 - Klonarakis, Michael (95) 16 - Khaira, Jujhar (94) 8 - De Jersey, Paul (92)
9 - Fitzgerald, Leo (93) 21 - Fitzgerald, Gerry (93) 19 - Fitzgerald , Myles (93)
17 - Earnest, Jeff (91) 14 - Tiechko, Connor (92) 15 - Tappe, Dylan (92)
18 - Landrey, Sean (93) 12 - McHaffie, Spencer (94) 11 - McHaffie, Scott (94)

4 - Ursic, Jesse (93) 10 - Woodley, Ben (91)
6 - Esau, Trevor (92) 2 - Matthews, Ben (91)
5 - Pacheco, Skylar (94) 20 - Toor, Karan (94)

1 - Thompson, Kirk (92)
35 - Beesley, Marcus (92)

Scratches: 27 - Waterfield, Sam (91), 3 - Crossan, Jared (93), 7 - Bardock, Cody (93)

Game Two: Cents @ Spruce Kings Preview:


Merritt (0-1-0-0) @ Prince George (1-0-0-0)

Tonight is the second of seven meetings between the Merritt Centennials and Prince George. The game is available with Cents PBP announcer Alex Grebenyuk on Q101 in Merritt at 101.1 FM in the Nicola Valley. You can also tune in at Q101.ca or on the BCHL Fanzone at BCHL.ca

Last Game Played: Friday, September 23 - The Spruce Kings beat Merritt 6-3 in Prince George as both teams kicked off the 2011-12 season.

Next Games:
Wednesday, September 28: Merritt @ Trail
Friday, September 30: Prince George @ Penticton

Let's take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

Games Played: 1
Wins: 0
Losses: 1
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 0-0-0-0
Road Record: 0-1-0-0
Streak: One game losing streak
Last Ten Games: 0-1-0-0
Goals For: 3
Goals Against: 6
Standings: 5th place Interior Conference

Since the 2003-04 season, Merritt is 19-24-0-7 overall vs. the Spruce Kings

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 15-8-0-2 at home vs. Prince George

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 4-16-0-5 in Prince George

Merritt is 1-6-0-3 in its last 10 visits to the PG Coliseum

Merritt is 5-5-0-0 in its last 10 home games vs. Prince George

Merritt’s last win at the Prince George Coliseum was a 1-0 overtime victory back on Saturday, January 22, 2011.

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
No Scoring
PERIOD 2
No Scoring
PERIOD 3
No Scoring
OVERTIME PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 1:29 - Evan Stack from Reece Willcox

Former Centennials on the Spruce Kings:
None

Average Age: 18.55 years
Average Ht: 5'11.5"
Average Wt: 176.8 lbs.

Centennials power play vs. PG this season: 1/3
Centennials home record vs. PG this season: 0-0-0-0
Centennials road record vs. PG this season: 0-1-0-0

Cents Leading Scorers vs. Prince George this season:

Evan Stack (2g, 0a)
Chad Brears (1g, 0a)
Silvan Harper (0g, 1a)
Billy Marshall (0g, 1a)
Brandon Pfeil (0g, 1a)
Richard Sabourin (0g, 1a)
Regan Soquila (0g, 1a)

Let's take a look at the Prince George Spruce Kings:

Games Played: 1
Wins: 1
Losses: 0
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 1-0-0-0
Road Record: 0-0-0-0
Streak: One game winning streak
Last Ten Games: 1-0-0-0
Goals For: 6
Goals Against: 3
Standings: 4th Place Interior Conference

Former Spruce Kings on the Centennials:
None

Average Age: 18.06 years
Average Ht: 5'10"
Average Wt: 169.5 lbs.

Spruce Kings power play vs. Merritt this season: 1/3
Spruce Kings home record vs. Merritt this season: 1-0-0-0
Spruce Kings road record vs. Merritt this season: 0-0-0-0

PG Leading Scorers vs. Merritt this season:

Paul De Jersey (2g, 1a)
Jujhar Khaira (1g, 2a)
Gerry Fitzgerald (2g, 0a)
Leo Fitzgerald (1g, 1a)
Ben Woodley (0g, 2a)
Myles Fitzgerald (0g, 1a)
Scott McHaffie (0g, 1a)
Skylar Pacheco (0g, 1a)
Jesse Ursic (0g, 1a)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Salmon Arm-Estevan Trade:


Teams continue to tinker with their rosters ahead of tonight's opening night in the BCHL.

Salmon Arm, which opens the season tonight in Vernon against the Vipers, has traded F Ryan Crosson (92) to Estevan of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

To Estevan Bruins:
F Ryan Crosson (92)

To Salmon Arm Silverbacks:
Future Considerations


22-Sep-11 The Salmon Arm Silverbacks Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Ryan Crosson (92) to the Estevan Bruins Hockey Club of the SJHL in exchange for future considerations.

Cents @ Spruce Kings Line-Ups:

Here are the projected line-ups for tonight's game in Prince George between the Merritt Centennials and the Spruce Kings.

Merritt Centennials

12 - Soquila, Regan (93) 14 - Bruce, Brandon (93) 9 - Stack, Evan (91)
21 - Lebrun, Dustin (92) 22 - Wall, Stephen (91) 15 - Reichert, Jakob (93)
18 - Schaefer, Payton (93) 10 - Fletcher, Brent (92) 16 - Maktaak, Sean (92)
8 - Harper, Silvan (92) 19 - Brears, Chad (91) 17 - Lamont, Brendan (94)

24 - Sabourin, Richard (92) 3 - Willcox, Reece (94)
4 - Martin, Tyler (93) 25 - Pfeil, Brandon (92)
2 - Marshall, Billy (91) 7 - Chanter, Dylan (95)

31 - Chimienti, Lino (91)
35 - Steel, Tyler (93)

Scratches: 6 - Mancuso, Ross (92)

Prince George Spruce Kings

23 - Klonarakis, Michael (95) 16 - Khaira, Jujhar (94) 8 - De Jersey, Paul (92)
9 - Fitzgerald, Leo (93) 21 - Fitzgerald, Gerry (93) 19 - Fitzgerald , Myles (93)
17 - Earnest, Jeff (91) 14 - Tiechko, Connor (92) 15 - Tappe, Dylan (92)
18 - Landrey, Sean (93) 12 - McHaffie, Spencer (94) 11 - McHaffie, Scott (94)

4 - Ursic, Jesse (93) 10 - Woodley, Ben (91)
6 - Esau, Trevor (92) 2 - Matthews, Ben (91)
5 - Pacheco, Skylar (94) 20 - Toor, Karan (94)

1 - Thompson, Kirk (92)
35 - Beesley, Marcus (92)

Scratches: 27 - Waterfield, Sam (91), 3 - Crossan, Jared (93), 7 - Bardock, Cody (93)

Game One: Centennials @ Spruce Kings Preview:


Merritt (0-0-0-0) @ Prince George (0-0-0-0)

Tonight is the first of seven meetings between the Merritt Centennials and Prince George. It's the Cents 39th season opener in the BCHL, the longest continuous tenure in the league. It's also second straight year that Merritt opens the season on the road, after kicking off the 2010-11 season with an 8-2 loss in Trail.

The Centennials are 4-2-0-2 in their last eight season openers. They are 3-0-0-2 at home during that stretch and 1-2-0-0 on the road.

Last Game Played:
Saturday, September 17: Chilliwack beat Merritt 4-1 at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena
Thursday, September 15: Westside beat Prince George 3-1 at the Prince George Coliseum

Next Games:
Saturday, September 24: Merritt @ Prince George
Saturday, September 24: Prince George vs. Merritt

Let's take a look at the Merritt Centennials (pre-season):

Games Played: 6
Wins: 5
Losses: 1
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 2-1-0-0
Road Record: 3-0-0-0
Streak: One game losing streak
Last Ten Games: 5-1-0-0
Goals For: 16
Goals Against: 12
Standings: 1st place

Since the 2003-04 season, Merritt is 19-23-0-7 overall vs. the Spruce Kings

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 15-8-0-2 at home vs. Prince George

Since the 2003-04 season Merritt is 4-15-0-5 in Prince George

Merritt is 1-6-0-3 in its last 10 visits to the PG Coliseum

Merritt is 5-5-0-0 in its last 10 home games vs. Prince George

Merritt’s last win at the Prince George Coliseum was a 1-0 overtime victory back on Saturday, January 22, 2011.

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1
No Scoring
PERIOD 2
No Scoring
PERIOD 3
No Scoring
OVERTIME PERIOD 1
Merritt Centennials at 1:29 - Evan Stack from Reece Willcox

Former Centennials on the Spruce Kings:
None

Average Age: 18.55 years
Average Ht: 5'11.5"
Average Wt: 176.8 lbs.

Centennials power play vs. PG last season: 1/26
Centennials home record vs. PG last season: 1-2
Centennials road record vs. PG last season: 1-1-0-1

Merritt Centennials Returning Players:

Chad Brears (91)
Lino Chimienti (91)
Brent Fletcher (92)
Silvan Harper (92)
Dustin Lebrun (92)
Sean Maktaak (92)
Billy Marshall (91)
Brandon Pfeil (92)
Jakob Reichert (93)
Richard Sabourin (92)
Regan Soquila (93)
Evan Stack (91)
Tyler Steel (93)
Steve Wall (91)
Reece Willcox (94)

Merritt Centennials departed & traded players from last year's team:

Jeff Jones (91)
Max Vallis (91)
Steve Tresierra (90)
David Sabey (91)
Blaine Bokenfohr (90)
Kameran Crawford (91)
J-P Witkop (90)
Dylan Playfair (92)
Brett Kolins (92 - didn't report to Merritt after being acquired from Victoria)

Let's take a look at the Prince George Spruce Kings:

Games Played: 4
Wins: 1
Losses: 2
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 1-2-0-0
Road Record: 0-0-1-0
Streak: Winless in two
Last Ten Games: 1-2-1-0
Goals For: 15
Goals Against: 16
Standings: 7th Place

Former Spruce Kings on the Centennials:
None

Average Age: 18.06 years
Average Ht: 5'10"
Average Wt: 169.5 lbs.

Spruce Kings power play vs. Merritt last season: 4/20
Spruce Kings home record vs. Merritt last season: 1-1-0-1
Spruce Kings road record vs. Merritt last season: 2-1

Prince George Spruce Kings Returning Players:

Jeff Earnest (91)
Trevor Esau (92)
Jujhar Khaira (94)
Kirk Thompson (92)
Connor Tiechko (92)
Sam Waterfield (91)
Ben Woodley (91)

Prince George Spruce Kings departed & traded players from last year's team:

Dustin Beairsto (92)
Isaac Davies (93)
Chase Golightly (92)
Bennett Hambrook (92)
Faiz Khan (90)
Cameron Large (92)
Kyle Manlow (91)
Trent Murdoch (91)
Stephen Ryan (94)
Todd Skirving (92)
Brandon Watson (92)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Real Cents Season Begins This Weekend:

This is posted on the Merritt Herald website:

By Ian Webster - Merritt Herald
Published: September 22, 2011 12:00 PM
Updated: September 22, 2011 12:21 PM

“I’m really excited to get going,” stated Luke Pierce, Merritt Centennials​’ head coach and GM on the eve of a new BCHL season that will see his team play their first three games on the road. “Training camp and the exhibition schedule were long. I’m tired of games that don’t mean anything. It’s time to start playing for real.”

Reality comes in the form of an opening-weekend doubleheader up in Prince George against the Spruce Kings this coming Friday and Saturday nights, followed by a mid-week encounter with the Trail Smoke Eaters​ next Wednesday at the storied Cominco Arena.

“I’m glad we’re on the road to start,” said Pierce. “It gives our players some time to be together and to bond.”

The Cents begin their regular schedule following a 5-1-0 record in pre-season play, including a 5-3 win against the Sprucies back on September 2 in 100 Mile House.

That game ended on an emotional note as a couple of Prince George players who were not dressed for the contest began mouthing off and taunting Cents’ team members as they left the ice at the conclusion of the game. Pierce called the Spruce Kings’ behavior “classless’ at the time, and isn’t prepared to retract his comments now.

Merritt’s bench boss feels his team will have plenty of edge to their games in Prince George given that their only exhibition loss was a 4-1 setback at the hands of the Chilliwack Chiefs​ in their final pre-season outing.

“I never like to lose,” declared Pierce, “but I think that the loss was valuable, and we can take an important lesson out of it. They were a pretty solemn bunch in the dressing room after the defeat. I want them to remember that feeling. It’s not fun.”

The loss to the Chiefs on home ice came less than 24 hours after the Cents handed coach Harvey Smyl’s newly-reborn War Bonnets a 2-1 setback at the beautiful Prospera Place in Chilliwack.

“They weren’t well-played games by any means,” said Pierce in summarizing the two Cents-Chiefs encounters. “I didn’t really see a lot of desire on anybody’s part. In Merritt, they capitalized on three stupid mistakes by us and that was the game.”

Cents’ netminder Lino Chimienti went the distance and picked up the win in Chilliwack. Jacob Reichert tallied both goals for Merritt and continued to look great at the start of his sophmore season with the Centennials.

Merritt defenseman Brandon Pfeil saw his first game action of the pre-season Friday, but it lasted just 36 seconds.

After initiating a thunderous but clean hit on a pinch at the blueline, Pfeil was jumped and forced to drop the gloves with Chilliwack’s Tyler Miller. The early fisticuffs resulted in game misconducts to both participants.

Some further ill-will at the end of Friday night’s game in Chilliwack carried over to Saturday as the Chiefs came at the Cents hard in the opening period, and scored with just three minutes gone on the clock.

Centennials’ newcomer Brandon Bruce continued to sparkle since arriving in Merritt, and drew his team even with a precision one-timer at the 13:34 mark of the first period.

Unfortunately, that was a good as it got in their final pre-season tune-up, as costly errors led directly to Chiefs’ goals that Cents’ netminder Tyler Steel had no chance on.

Immediately following the two games versus Chilliwack, Pierce and assistant coach Joe Martin began the process of reducing the final Cents’ roster down to 21, the new league maximum for this season.

Gone from the forward ranks are Dylan Playfair and weekend pick-up Brandon Formosa, and from the defense Dominic Centis, Simon Horlick and Braeden Hikichi.

Named to the final Cents’ line-up was Merritt minor hockey product Payton Schaefer, the first local player to officially “make the team” since Codie Kightley in the 2008-2009 season. Pierce stated that the 18-year-old Schaefer was full value for his selection.

“Payton made a strong case for himself right from day one,” he said. “He showed a great attitude and willingness to learn.”

Trail-Victoria Trade:


The Trail Smoke Eaters have taken care of one of their disgruntled players by trading F Chase Kaiser (92) to Victoria for future considerations.

Kaiser was acquired by the Smokies back in June in the deal that saw F Travis St. Denis (92) rights moved to Cowichan Valley, but he never reported to Trail.

Here's how this trade breaks down:

To Victoria:
F Chase Kaiser (92)

To Trail:
Future Considerations

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Penticton Vees Captain Logan Johnston Suspended 20 Games by BCHL:


Eddie Gregory's Coquitlam Expressions blog reports that the BCHL has suspended Penticton captain Logan Johnston for 20 games for breaking Express forward Cody Michelle's jaw with a hit during an exhibition game last Saturday in Coquitlam.

Michelle is expected to be out of the Express line-up for an undetermined period of time due to the injury.

The Vees will be without their captain for the entire first third of the season due to the suspension.

No doubt the league is setting a precedent with the suspension and although I didn't see it, one could surmise that Johnston hit Michelle's head which caused the broken jaw. Again, that's pure speculation on my part, but Michelle's injury combined with Johnston's suspension history likely played a role in the BCHL office making its' decision. The veteran forward also served a four game suspension last season for a cross-check to Westside forward Alex Grieve.

Texan Finds a Hockey Home in Merritt:

This is posted on the Merritt Herald website:

By Ian Webster - Merritt Herald
Published: September 19, 2011 3:00 PM
Updated: September 19, 2011 3:30 PM

The Dallas Stars​ notwithstanding, when one thinks of sports and the state of Texas, it’s good ol’ gridiron football, baseball and perhaps basketball that come to mind.

A tad broader thinking might also garner up rodeo, car racin’ and just maybe a touch of rattlesnake huntin’. But ice hockey! You got to be kiddin’ me!

Try telling that to 19-year-old Ross Mancuso, a native Texan, and a darn good hockey player to boot. Good enough to play in the British Columbia Hockey League as a member of this season’s Merritt Centennials.

Mancuso, a 6’1”, 195 lbs. defenseman has earned a spot on this year’s Cents’ blueline thanks to some stellar pre-season play in the month of September that helped the team achieve its best exhibition record, 5-1-0, in more than ten years.

Add to that Mancuso’s key role in a 2010-11 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League championship title last season with the Osoyoos Coyotes, and a third-place finish at the provincial Cyclone Taylor Cup in April.

So why would anyone from the Lone Star State who was in their right mind choose hockey?

“My dad was born in Buffalo, New York,” explains the articulate Mancuso. “He was always into hockey growing up, and played at Colorado State University. As soon as I could walk, he had me in skates.”

Both Mancuso’s parents were in the military during his younger years, which meant lots of moving all over the United States.

“I was born in Texas, but lived in California, New York, Washington and Oregon before moving back to Texas to stay at the age of seven.”

Mancuso’s family currently lives in Coppell, a suburb of Dallas and, to hear it described, a hockey hot bed.

“Hockey as a sport has grown a lot in the Dallas area, especially since the [NHL] Stars’ franchise arrived,” says Mancuso. “Now, I’d say it’s just as big as anywhere in the States. Within 15 minutes of my house, there are six different rinks.”

Mancuso’s has played rep hockey right from the beginning, and has traveled extensively as a result. One of the biggest highlights of his minor career took place in Canada.

“When I was a squirt [atom] and a peewee, we won our region and went to two international Silversticks tournaments – in Sarnia and Newmarket, Ontario. We were the first Texas team to win the tournament both years. We shocked a lot of Canadian clubs.”

Travel across time zones became almost a weekly ritual in Mancuso’s midget rep years.

“I played for the Dallas Stars AAA team. We were in the Midwest Elite League. Our division included teams from Kansas, St. Louis and Ohio State​. There were also divisions in the Detroit area and around Chicago.

“Each weekend, we would go to these showcases, where we would play all the other teams in a division. Two games on Friday, two on Saturday and one on Sunday. We would leave after school on a Thursday and not get back until late Sunday.”

Understandably, by the time Mancuso was playing midget hockey, other sports interests had fallen by the wayside.

“I played field lacrosse, football, baseball and basketball until the end of my eighth grade,” he describes, “but my heart was always with hockey and once high school came around, I pretty much dropped everything else. I don’t think my football coaches liked that too much.”

Drafted by the North American Hockey League junior team in his hometown, Mancuso instead set his sights on Canada and the BCHL.

“Jerry Law, the son of Penticton Vees’ assistant coach Ken Law got me interested in playing up here. I tried to make the Vees last year but got sent down to the Coyotes. I decided that Merritt would be the better choice for me this year.”

Why Merritt? While in Osoyoos, Mancuso met and became friends with local bantam rep coach Marty Campbell.

A former Merritt-onian and MSS teacher, Campbell steered the talented Texan towards Cents’ head coach and GM Luke Pierce who in turn invited Mancuso to Merritt’s spring evaluation camp in Abbotsford.

Mancuso impressed sufficiently at spring camp to not only get an invite to this September’s main camp, but virtual assurance that there was a spot for him on this year’s Centennials’ roster.

Coming from a metropolis like Dallas, how does Mancuso like small towns such as Osoyoos and Merritt?

“I love them,” he says without hesitation. “I think Merritt’s great. I like the feel. Everyone’s been really nice and friendly, and there’s been great support from the fans, even though it’s only been exhibition games.

Mancuso goes on to add, “I really like my billet family [Dan and Janice Post] and I just think that it’s going to be a great place to play this year.”

Payton Schaefer Comes Home to Merritt Centennials:

This was also posted on the Merritt News website:

September 21, 2011

Robin Poon
Merritt News Reporter

After a season with the Kamloops Storm, Merrittonian forward Payton Schaefer has returned to play in the Nicola Valley with his hometown team, the Merritt Centennials.

Schaefer was one of 21 players named to the Centennials roster Monday. Born and raised in Merritt, he is the first local to make the team since defenceman Codie Kightley spent two seasons with the Cents, from 2007-09.

“It feels good to be home and I’m having fun,” says Schaefer.

Schaefer scored six goals and 17 assists over 41 games with the Kamloops Storm, a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League team, in the 2010-11 season. He was named one of the league’s top prospects last December.

Schaefer attended the Centennials summer training camp in 2010 and appeared in several games as an affiliate player, but did not earn a permanent spot on the team.

He says, however, that he still wanted to be a Centennial after joining the Storm.

“It was my goal. That’s what I was working for.”

Schaefer says he has enjoyed playing in Merritt and praises the Centennials’ coaches and trainers.

“They’re a lot different. They really try to get close and personal with all of the players. They’re really great to have.”

He says his goal is to add 20 points over the season but adds, “You just play to get better. They’ve been keeping me busy, so it’s good, but we’ll see in the regular season.

“As long as I’m playing, it’s good.”

Asked how the fans in Merritt differ from those in Kamloops, he says, “If they’re any different, it’s that they’re local people you know.

“The worst part is knowing my mom’s watching. It’s good to know the community’s watching.”

Nevertheless, Schaefer’s family will be out in force to cheer him on.

“They got season tickets. They’ll be out all the time.”

The Cents’ first regular-season game will be played against the Prince George Spruce Kings in Prince George on Friday.

One-on-One With Cents Coach Luke Pierce:

This was posted on the Merritt News website:

September 20, 2011

Robin Poon
Merritt News Reporter

Last season, there were quite a few rookies in the lineup. What does the mix look like this season?
-We'll have five rookies plus Brandon Bruce has 35 games of WHL experience so (he's) not classified as a rookie with us but he is a first-year guy, so we'll have six new faces.

Are the returning players taking a bigger leadership role?
-It's going to be a real big leadership group. We just announced our captains for the year: Evan Stack will be our captain, Steve Wall, Billy Marshall, and Richard Sabourin as our assistants, but there's probably another five or six names that easily could be in that group. We want to have as many leaders as possible and I think to be a really good leader you have to also be a really good follower. We definitely won't have a shortage of leadership.

Are the players getting used to each other yet?
-I think so. Obviously with such a big group, all those guys know one another and are comfortable, but the new faces seem to be fitting in well. Our returning guys have done a real good job of helping them with that transition. Definitely a lot quicker bonding process than it was last year.

Do you have any specific goals for the team in mind this year?
-At this point in our three-year plan, we wanted to be in the top four and it lines up well with the way playoffs are now, with only four teams making it. Our goal is to get into that and obviously improve on what our season was last year. We're going to have to in order to be in that top four group.

How do you expect the changes in league rules to affect play throughout the year?
-I don't know. A lot of it is going to probably take time to recognize. The fewer numbers in the roster (means) we have to have a good affiliate program that we can bring guys in. The league schedule, with only playing the other-division teams once instead of twice each, that makes more games within the division matter that much more. Every regular-season game, especially against your divisional opponents, is going to be huge. It'll definitely make for more exciting regular-season hockey.

The team did a lot better in the pre-season. What's behind the improvement?
-Having a big group of veteran guys around helped. At the same time, in the first five games, we had five essentially all different lineups playing every night with a lot of different players mixed in. I thought the guys had a real good desire to just do the extra thing to win a hockey game. They were all close, there were no blowouts, so going into a tie game in the third period, we just showed up with more will to win.

What are the team's greatest strengths?
-In every position, there's a lot of depth there. Having two starting goaltenders is big. We've got a very mobile defence group that's going to be able to get pucks out of our zone quickly and then we got a fairly fast and physical forward core. The test for us is going to be making sure we can find ways to score on goal.

And their weaknesses?
-Obviously just natural finish and scoring. We didn't want to sacrifice our overall intensity and work ethic for guys who can strictly just score. If we have to win a bunch of games 2-1, 3-2, so be it.

How has your coaching style evolved since you first started?
-It's regressed. No, I'm just joking. (Laughs.) I think I'm getting more confident in instilling the game that I want to play and we want to play here, realizing that you can't try to cover every single thing that happens in the game. We want to really be excellent at three or four different things as opposed to being mediocre at 20. In the past, maybe I've tried a little bit too much to cover off a whole lot of areas.

Anything else you would like to add, Coach?
-No. We just want to start playing hockey games that matter.

Cents Announce Evan Stack as Captain; Steve Wall, Richard Sabourin & Billy Marshall as Assistants:


(From merrittcentennials.com)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Merritt, BC - September 21, 2011

The Merritt Centennials are pleased to announce their captain for the 2011-12 season. Wearing the "C" will be second-year BCHL veteran forward Evan Stack.

"Evan established himself as a valuable leader in our room mid-way through last season, "said Cents Head Coach & GM Luke Pierce. "His play in the playoffs was outstanding, as he elevated his game to another level."

"He was chosen by his teammates to be our next captain and as a coaching staff we couldn't have made a better choice," Pierce continued. "Evan is a very respectful and passionate young man who will help continue the tradition of our ethos both on and off the ice."

"It's an honor to be voted by your teammates into this position, we have a lot of leaders on this team and there are many other guys who are deserving of this role," said Stack. "I know that being a captain is a big responsibility and I hope that I can live up to the expectations by leading on and off the ice, and I am excited to face the challenge."

"I can't think of a better place to play junior hockey than Merritt, it is an awesome community with great people and fans and I am thankful to be here," Stack continued. "I look forward to a successful season and want to thank my teammates and coaching staff for this opportunity."

Forward Stephen Wall and defencemen Billy Marshall and Richard Sabourin will serve as Centennials' assistant captains this season.

Cents Unveiled 2011-12 Roster on Q101 Morning Show Yesterday:


Merritt Centennials head coach and GM Luke Pierce unveiled the team's official roster on yesterday's Q101 morning show.

Here's what it sounded like:

Black Press Writers Predict Cents to Finish 4th in Interior Conference:

Black Press newspaper writers from around the province have submitted their annual predictions for the Interior Conference in 2011-12. I know that Merritt Herald sports reporter Ian Webster had some input into the predictions, especially when it comes to the Cents, but great to see that the writers project Merritt to take the fourth and final playoff spot in the Conference.

Here's the article, with the Centennials section in bold:

Black Press writers

Sticks, which used to cost 50 cents apiece, now go for $2,000 a dozen. Coaches, who used to hold down normal full-time jobs and get paid gas money by team owners, now earn a decent living.

The arenas are luxurious in several centres and the attendance has risen higher than the HST.

Entering its 50th year, the B.C. Hockey League is alive and well and getting stronger by the minute. Out are the Quesnel Millionaires​. In are the Chilliwack Chiefs​, whose head coach Harvey Smyl joins Kent Lewis of the Powell River Kings as the league’s longest-serving bench bosses.

Black Press writers from around the Interior Conference have compiled previews for the 50th campaign. Here’s how the eight teams should finish come early spring:

1. VERNON VIPERS

Key Returnees: F Patrick McGillis (13-12-25), F Mike Zalewski (12-17-29), F John Knisley (10-25-35), D Brett Corkey (1-23-24), G Kirby Halcrow (3.03 goals against average, .901 save percentage).

Rookie Sensations: As the son of Edmonton Oilers​’ GM Steve Tambellini and brother of former Vancouver Canuck Jeff, hockey runs in Adam Tambellini’s bloodlines. The lanky forward pocketed 54 points and 113 penalty minutes in 34 games last season with Edmonton’s South Side Athletic Club. Marc Hetnik Jr. will have a shot at earning top-four minutes on the Viper blueline this season. Hetnik comes from the same Catholic Memorial high school program that brought Mike Collins and Garrett Noonan to the Viper den. Geoff Crisfield, a Calgary native, was a highly sought after defence prospect before he signed with Vernon in the spring. Riley Hunt, a small but feisty playmaking forward, will be Vernon’s mandatory 16-year-old.

Strengths: With seven of their 11 returning players being forwards, Vernon’s strength will be up front. This is an organization that has reached the national finals three straight years, meaning the vets know what it takes to succeed and, in turn, they can teach their talented crop of newcomers what it takes to be one of the top junior A clubs in Canada. First-year head coach Jason Williamson, a former Viper captain, was mentored by one of the best in Mark Ferner.

Coach’s Quote: Williamson: “We definitely have some good speed. We’re going to try to push the pace on some teams and be real aggressive on the forecheck. All our D are fairly mobile, so we’ve got a good corps back there. When we turn pucks over, we’re going to get it and go with some pace.”

2. PENTICTON VEES

Key Returnees: F Logan Johnston (11-21-32), F Joey Benik (30-26-56), F Curtis Loik (10-16-26) D Troy Stecher (5-15-20).

New Acquisitions: F Travis St. Denis (27-27-54) acquired through trade, G Michael Garteig (36-8-3, seven shutouts, 1.69 GAA, .934 save percentage) acquired through trade.

Rookie Sensations: Minnesota Wild draft pick Mario Lucia scored 30 goals in 27 games with Wayzata High School and added 24 assists. The son of Minnesota Golden Gophers coach Don Lucia​, Marco was chosen 60th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft. Mike Reilly, featured in the Prospects report in The Hockey News on Sept. 19, was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets​ in the fourth round in the 2011 draft. In 2010-11, Reilly led Shattuck’s St. Mary’s defence in scoring with 13 goals and 43 points and helped them capture the Under-18 Tier 1 National Championship. Steven Fogarty, drafted by the New York Rangers in the 2011 NHL Draft, racked up 23 goals and 40 points in 24 games with the Edina Hornets in Minnesota. Local Cody DePourcq, 16, scored 23 goals and 47 points in 43 games with the Okanagan Hockey Academy. Grant Nicholson played with OHA’s Penticton Lakers and brought a physical presence while pocketing 12 goals and 21 points.

Strengths: Speed and size will be the key ingredient for the Vees success. Coach Fred Harbinson has assembled a big team that will move the puck up and down the ice and use its quickness to create offence.

Coach’s quote: Harbinson: “You can say a lot of things about our team. I don’t think you’re going to say we’re boring. We have a fun group to watch. We need people to come out and support the team. Our guys are going to play hard for them.”

3. WESTSIDE WARRIORS

Key Returnees: F Tyler Krause (11-31-42), F Dru Morrison (14-17-31), F Brett McKinnon (10-13-23), D Michael King (5-18-23), D Izaak Berglund (2-12-14), D Peter MacIntosh (0-11-11), D Brayden Sherbinin (4-8-12).

New Acquisition: Winger Richard Vanderhoek, 20, will be looked upon to provide offence and leadership. The Langley native was acquired from Surrey in the off-season and is coming off a 71-point season (26-45-71) last year with the Eagles. He spent some time mid-season with the WHL Vancouver Giants.

Rookie Sensations: A pair of Warriors rookies from the B.C. Major Midget League will look to make the jump to junior. Forward Seb Lloyd had 17 goals and 37 assists in 30 games with the Cariboo Cougars in the BCMML while D Ben Betker had 13 points with the Kootenay Ice​.

Strengths: The Warriors’ strength will likely come from the blueline with its top four returning blueliners, including Berglund, who was named the Warriors captain. New coach Rylan Ferster is preaching defence and work ethic as he takes over from the departed Darren Yopyk.

Coach’s Quote: “I think we’re going to be a good defensive team,” said Ferster. “Guys are buying into that which is good. I don’t think we’re going to be a run-and-gun team. We’re going to have to be good defensively and have a really good work ethic.”

4. MERRITT CENTENNIALS

Key Returnees: F Regan Soquila (20-25-45), F Evan Stack (13-19-32), F Chad Brears (4-17-21), F Jacob Reichert (7-11-18), D Brandon Pfeil (6-10-16), D Billy Marshall (4-12-16), D Reece Willcox (5-9-14), G Lino Chimienti (3.11 GAA), G Tyler Steel (3.49 GAA). The Cents start the season with no fewer than 15 returning veterans from a team that, despite finishing sixth out of eight teams in the Interior, had an impressive 5-1-0 record against the Westside Warriors​ and evenly split their six games with the league champion Vipers.

Rookie Sensations: 18-year-old Brandon Bruce was a late arrival at Cents’ training camp, but the former Swift Current Bronco (WHL) has made an immediate impact. The feisty five-foot-10 centre plays with an edge, and has a ton of talent to back up his style. Local player Payton Schaefer, 18, has cracked the lineup after putting up some pretty respectable numbers last season with the Kamloops Storm (KIJHL). On the back end, look for Texan Ross Mancuso (KIJHL champion Osoyoos Coyotes), Tyler Martin (NE Chiefs major midget) and 16-year-old Dylan Chanter (POE midget prep) to round out a very experienced defensive corps.

Strengths: Head coach and GM Luke Pierce begins his second full season behind the bench – a year older and undoubtedly a year wiser. His new assistant, Joe Martin, brings a wealth of experience to the Cents’ coaching staff, most recently as head coach and GM of the Creston Valley Thunder Cats (KIJHL). In Chimenti and Steel, the Cents have two proven netminders with a full BCHL season behind them. Both sparkled through the pre-season, where Merritt went 5-1 and allowed just 12 goals. Stack, Soquila and Bruce, if teamed up together, could be one of the most potent forward lines in the league. Reichert has already shown signs in the early going that he’s ready for a banner sophomore year. A sleeper could be hard-working, second-year winger Dustin Lebrun, who notched a natural hat trick, all in the third period, in a 3-1 win over Simon Fraser University. The Cents’ returnees on the blueline – Pfeil, Marshall, Willcox and Richard Sabourin – will be the keys to a successful season.

Coach’s Quote: Luke Pierce: “This is a group that will further expand on the core values of Centennials’ hockey. We will work as a group both to defend and create offence using the work ethic we have become recognized for. We will challenge our large core of veterans to continue striving to improve on their previous seasons. Our mix of new additions will provide some additional energy and offensive punch to our lineup.”


5. SALMON ARM SILVERBACKS

Key Returnees: F Brett Knowles (30-28-58), Morgan Zulinick (12-17-29), Bryce Gervais (29-22-51), Devin Muller (12-16-28), D James Friedel (1-5-6)

Rookie Sensations: Defenceman Brendan Kennedy, who played last season with Okanagan Hockey Academy, and forward Kyle Oleniuk of Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan Midget AAA) were rookie standouts in Salmon Arm’s main camp and look poised to earn quality minutes in the regular season. Vernon minor hockey product Alex Gillies, the SilverBacks’ 16-year-old, has the size and grit to handle the more physical junior style.

Strengths: The SilverBacks boast a solid top-six forward corps that can put the puck in the net at any given time. With just one returning d-man (Friedel), Salmon Arm head coach/GM Colin O’Hara acquired veteran blueliners Klay Kachur (Powell River), Bennett Hambrook (Prince George/Vernon), Matt Brown (AJHL Drumheller Dragons) and Sean Flannagan (SJHL Kindersley Dragons) in the offseason.

Coach’s Quote: “We’ve acquired some veteran defencemen to shore up our back end and we feel our six that will play on a nightly basis are as good as any in the league. Kurt (Williams, starting netminder) is prepared to step it up in and and put it on the line every night this year. The strength is our dee corps, but we also have some dynamic game-breakers up front.”

6. Prince George Spruce Kings

Key Returnees: F Jujhar Khaira (10-32-42), F Connor Tiechko (13-13-26), F Jeff Earnest (6-16-22), D Ben Woodley (6-11-17), G Kirk Thompson (3.91 GAA, 88.76 save percentage).

Rookie Sensations: On a team that also has triplets, the McHaffie twins (Scott and Spencer) garnered attention during the Spruce Kings spring prospect camp. The 1994-born forwards from Surrey committed to the Spruce Kings after winning a provincial Midget Tier 1 title with the Surrey Thunder. At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, 18-year-old Lethbridge product Cody Bardock will bring size to the blueline, while 16-year-old Kitimat native Michael Klonarakis joins the team after skating for the highly respected Pursuit of Excellence hockey academy in Kelowna. An 18-year-old Prince George product who skated for the Prince George-based Cariboo Cougars, G Marcus Beesley hopes to challenge Kirk Thompson for playing time.

Strengths: Once Dave Dupas took over head coaching duties from Ed Dempsey last November, the Spruce Kings turned their focus to learning a more disciplined defensive game. While they ultimately missed the playoffs, the less entertaining brand helped the team climb back to respectability by the end of the season. The Spruce Kings may not impress anybody with highlight-reel goals, but they won’t get pushed around easily either, with the likes of Woodley (6-foot-6) and D Trevor Esau (6-foot-4, 110 penalty minutes) on their back end. If there’s one offensive game-breaker on the Spruce Kings, it’s Khaira, who’s committed to play NCAA Division 1 at Michigan Tech for the 2012-13. The Fitzgerald triplets (Gerry, Leo and Myles), who joined the team from the Nanaimo Clippers in an offseason deal, will be fun to watch.

Coach’s Quote: Dupas: “We can’t throw our hands in the air and say ‘Now that Quesnel isn’t here, we’re finished’, because we’re absolutely not. We got a bunch of guys in here that we believe are going to compete hard for the Spruce Kings and want to win games. The difficulty is in the road trips and stuff like that, but you just have to do it. It’s what it is at this point and we’ll spend a lot of time on the bus. We’ll have to make sure that we’re eating properly, we’re getting a lot of rest and that’ll take care of itself.”

7. CHILLIWACK CHIEFS

Key Returnees: F Spencer Graboski (15-21-36), Malcolm Gould (14-17-31), Derek Huisman (14-14-28), Chris Blessing (10-16-26), D Ty Miller (4-15-19), Stefan Gonzales (1-8-9)

Rookie Sensations: Goaltender Mitch Gillam will be a busy man in the Chilliwack goal crease. The Peterborough native was drafted by the OHL’s Peterborough Petes​, but spent last season playing at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass. Chiefs’ bench boss Harvey Smyl is noted for picking one goaltender and running with him, and Gillam should get the lion’s share of starts. Forward David Bondra is the son of ex-NHLer Peter Bondra, who scored 503 goals in 1081 big league games. David spent last season with the USHL’s Chicago Steel​, popping four goals and nine points in 58 games. Now 18 years old, he could become a top-sixer for Chilliwack.

Strengths: A Smyl team’s work ethic will always be its strength, but until this team plays some meaningful games, it’s hard to say what else they may offer. Last season, as the Quesnel Millionaires, they struggled to score and struggled defensively en-route to a 13-38-3-6 record and first round playoff exit. Gillam may be a solution in goal, but there are still far more questions than answers.

Coach’s Quote: Smyl: “This is a whole new scenario with a whole new group of guys, whole new coaching staff, new city and new building. Everything is new to them and it’s going to take some time for them to become a team, know what the coaches want and feel comfortable here.”

8. TRAIL SMOKE EATERS

Key Returnees: F Eric Cooper (11-15-26), F Logan Proux (3-8-11), F Adam Boytnick (3-12-15), Rajan Sidhu (1-22-23), G Matt Larose (2.67 GAA, 92.4 save percentage).

Rookie Sensations: Vancouver Chiefs F Matthew Bissett finished fourth in scoring in the Major Midget League last year; 16-year-old forward Luke Bertolucci netted a point a game for the Major Midget Kootenay Ice (15-19-34) as well as won a gold medal at the Canada Winter Games with Team B.Ç. and Dallas Calvin played for the KIJHL Beaver Valley Nitehawks, counting 40 points in 40 games as a 16-year-old. The 6-foot-3 forward will provide speed and size up front. Other rookie notables include D Brandon Egli, F Brandon Long and D Daniel Delbianco, all from Major Midget.

Strengths: The Smoke Eaters will be a young team with approximately 12 rookies. Depending on how they develop, offence may be a concern but the team should be strong defensively with goalie Matt Larose backstopping a solid defensive core of veterans led by Sidhu, Clayton McEwan and recent acquisition Nicholas Wong from Cowichan Valley.

Coaches Quote: Bill Birks: “We’re going to be a hard-working, lunch-bucket type team, a good mix of solid veterans with some high-end kids that will take a bit to get into it but they’re progressing very nicely.”

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Vernon-Victoria Trade:


F Jarryd Ten Vaanholt (91) is on the move once again this off-season as Vernon has traded him to Victoria for future considerations.

Since ending the 2010-11 season with Salmon Arm, Ten Vaanholt has seen his rights belong to Kindersley, Vernon and now Victoria.

To Victoria:
F Jarryd Ten Vaanholt (91)

To Vernon:
Future Considerations

Cowichan Valley-Alberni Valley Trade:


Just a week after being acquired by Cowichan Valley from Penticton as the futures to the Nick Amies deal, the Capitals have moved F Taylor House (92) to Alberni Valley for future considerations.

To Alberni Valley:
F Taylor House (92)

To Cowichan Valley:
Future Considerations

Here's the release from the Bulldogs website:

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs would like to announce the acquisition of 92 F Taylor House from the Cowichan Valley Capitals for future considerations.

The Cochrane, Alberta native racked up 25 goals, 52 assists and 82 penalty minutes in 56 regular season and playoff games with the Osoyoos Coyotes of the KIJHL last season. The 6’1”, 180 pound center also played 3 games with the Penticton Vees.
“We have scouted Taylor all last year and are thrilled with the addition of him to our lineup,” comments Head Coach/Assistant Director of Hockey Operations Paul Esdale. “Taylor will add size, speed and skill to our forward group,” adds Esdale.

Meet Your 2011-12 Merritt Centennials:


Forwards
Chad Brears (91)

Brandon Bruce (93)

Brent Fletcher (92)

Silvan Harper (92)

Brendan Lamont (94)

Dustin Lebrun (92)

Sean Maktaak (92)

Jakob Reichert (93)

Payton Schaefer (93)

Regan Soquila (93)

Evan Stack (91)

Steve Wall (91)


Defencemen
Dylan Chanter (95)

Ross Mancuso (92)

Billy Marshall (91)

Tyler Martin (93)

Brandon Pfeil (92)

Richard Sabourin (92)


Goaltenders
Lino Chimienti (91)

Tyler Steel (93)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Vernon Signs Five More to 2011-12 Roster:


In addition to moves announced earlier this summer like the commitment of F Adam Tambellini (94), F Riley Hunt (95), D Marc Hetnik (92) and F Jedd Soleway (94) and the acquisition of D Luke Juha (93), the Vernon Vipers have signed five more players for the upcoming season.

I wasn't able to find any information about F Alex Hagen (92) or G Danny Todosychuk (94), but here's the skinny on three other new players on the Vipers roster.

F Connor Hartley (93)

D Geoff Crisfield (93)

D Turner Lawson (94)

Salmon Arm Signs Seven New Players for 2011-12:


As BCHL teams continue to finalize their rosters leading up to Friday's opening night, a number of new players are popping up on the league's website.

Salmon Arm has added seven new faces to its line-up. Here's the skinny on the new names, except for D Joel Kipp (93) as I wasn't able to find any online info about him other than the fact that he's also committed to Sicamous Eagles (KIJHL), but it appears now he'll play with the Silverbacks.

F Mak Barden (93)

F Alex Gillies (95)

F Graham McBain (93)

F Kyle Oleniuk (93)

F Kyle Schwartz (92)

G Adam Clark (93)