Photo Credit: Garrett James & Kamloops This Week
The Merritt Centennials are pleased to announce the signing of defender Brody Johnston (03) from the Kamloops Storm of the KIJHL. Unfortunately, Cents D Tyson Galloway (03) will join the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL for the remainder of the season.
Johnston hails from Vanderhoof, BC and had 7 assists in 29 games with the Storm this season, his first in the KIJHL. Last season he spent time with the Cariboo Cougars, getting into games with the major and minor midget programs in the BCMML where he tallied 3 goals and 11 asssists in 34 games played.
Head Coach and GM Derek Sweet Coulter says the Cents wanted to get ahead of the curve and get Johnston now.
“For a younger player Brody knows his identity. He moves the puck quick, skates well, hits hard and has a high hockey IQ. He plays an aggressive style that will fit our small ice surface well. He has a high energy level and will do whatever it takes for the team to have success and he is extremely excited to be a Centennial. We identified Brody early on this season and have been keeping a close eye on him, and he will fit the culture we are trying to build in the locker room.”
The Cents would like to welcome Brody to the team, and wish Tyson all the best as he continues his hockey journey with the Hitmen.
Fans can get their first look at Johnston tonight as the Cents take on the West Kelowna Warriors at 7pm at the NVMA.