Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - Submitted by BCHL Media/Merritt Centennials
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Merritt, BC – July 10, 2012
The Merritt Centennials, in conjunction with the BC Hockey League, released their 2012-13 regular season schedule today. The Centennials regular season opens with a game in Chilliwack as part of the inaugural BCHL Showcase against Prince George on Saturday, September 8th at 12:00 pm. Merritt's second game is also at the Showcase in Chilliwack, against Trail on Sunday, September 9th at 2:30 pm; the home opener is the next scheduled game on Saturday, September 15th at 7:30 pm versus Trail at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.
The 2012-13 Centennials schedule features games versus every BCHL team. Merritt will play seven games against each Interior Division club (35 total) and two games against each of the 10 non-divisional clubs in the BCHL, except for Prince George, who the Cents will play three games against (21 total).
DATES TO REMEMBER: September 8 - Season opener at BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack vs. Prince George Spruce Kings September 15 - Home opener vs. Trail Smoke Eaters September 28 - Sebastien Pare faces former team for the first time as Jakob Reichert and Langley Rivermen visit the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena November 14 - 2012 RBC Cup Champion Penticton Vees visit for the first time of the season November 23 - Derek Huisman faces former team for the first time as Austin Plevy and Chilliwack Chiefs visit the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena March 8 - Last home game of the regular season vs. Salmon Arm Silverbacks March 9 - Regular season finale at Vernon Vipers
SCHEDULE NOTABLES: The 2012-13 Centennials schedule features 16 back-to-back series including nine home and road series. There are also two back-to-back-to-back series. The longest home stand is five games from October 19th - November 2nd; one four-game road trip marks the longest time Merritt is away from the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena from January 22nd - 27th.
SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN: The busiest day of the week is Saturday with the Centennials scheduled to play 22 games (14 home, 8 away) followed by 19 Friday games (7 home, 12 away).
ON THE AIR: Every Cents game can be heard on the radio on Q101 and viewed on the BCHL website through FastHockey.com.
For further information, please contact Cents head coach and GM Luke Pierce at 250-378-3607.
The Merritt Centennials, proudly celebrating 40 years as the BCHL's longest continuously run franchise, are a non-profit, community owned Junior 'A' Hockey Club run by a dedicated team of investors, directors, and volunteers..