Director of Hockey Operations/BCHL Governor, Merritt Centennials
Brian Barrett played minor hockey in Merritt and more than 50 years later is still actively involved in the game in the Nicola Valley. He played junior hockey in Penticton, Kamloops and Merritt before starting a coaching career in 1971. He coached Midget and Junior teams for over 25 seasons.
Barrett was also Owner, General Manager, and Head Coach of the Merritt Centennials. For Merritt’s master builder of hockey, no job has been too big or too small. Hundreds of former Merritt players have enjoyed hockey careers at the pro level, including 14 in the NHL. Barrett has won many awards including BCHL Coach of the Year and the Dunc Jamieson Award as an individual to display their dedication to – and the enjoyment of – the game of hockey. The Centennials are the longest continuously run franchise in the BCHL and Barrett has been an integral part of that great success. He was inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame in 2016.
Barrett can be reached at [email protected].
General Manager/Head Coach, Merritt Centennials
Joe Martin became the 25th Head Coach in Merritt Centennials history on May 29, 2015 and 2017-18 is his third season in that role. During Martin’s tenure as GM and Head Coach in Merritt, a dozen Cents players have been recruited to play college hockey at the NCAA level. He also helped lead the Centennials to the Interior Conference semifinals in 2017, pushing the eventual Fred Page Cup champion Penticton Vees to a seventh game. In the first round of the playoffs, the Cents knocked off the defending RBC Cup champion West Kelowna Warriors in four games.
Martin was Assistant GM and Assistant Coach for the Centennials from 2011 to 2015. He joined the Cents from the Creston Valley Thundercats of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, where he led the team to one regular season division title, two first-round playoff series wins, and helped graduate numerous players onto Junior A and college hockey while producing a regular season record of 112-68-3-2 from 2007 to 2011. He was also named Eddie Mountain Division Coach of the Year for 2010-11 and coached the 2008 KIJHL Top Prospects team.
Martin can be reached at [email protected].
Assistant Coach/Director of Scouting, Merritt Centennials
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Athletic Trainer, Merritt Centennials
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Goaltending Coach, Merritt Centennials
Don Pacheco – BC
Jack Watson – BC
Doug Rogers – BC
Gord Seafoot – Alberta
Travis McMillan – Alberta
Ryan Goethals – Manitoba
Jeff Grimwood – Ontario
Dan Fitzgerald – Ontario
Bernie Marcotte – Quebec
Robbie George – Atlantic Canada
Aaron Schwartz – Atlantic Canada
Nathan Yuronich – California
Steve Hogan – Minnesota
Corbin McGuire – Wisconsin
Justin Soryal – New England
Ed Bessinger – New England