The Merritt Centennials announced on Thursday the signing of 18-year-old forward Cade Gleekel.
Gleekel is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and has played the last two seasons for Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Prior to 2014-15, he spent two seasons playing high school hockey for Blake School.
“We are very happy to add Cade to our roster for the upcoming year. With us losing some scoring last season, we feel Cade will help us in that department. He’s a good-sized, right shot centreman who played very well for a very good team at Benilde-St. Margaret’s,” said Cents GM and Head Coach Joe Martin. “I believe when the regular season rolls around, Cade Gleekel will be an impact player in Merritt.”
Gleekel is a highly regarded forward who was among the finalists for this year’s Minneapolis “Mr Hockey” Award, named a First Team All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and All-State by the Associated Press. He was also chosen as the 80th male winner of the Hy Truman/Donald Goldberg Memorial Award, given to the most outstanding senior Jewish scholar-athlete in Minneapolis area.
Gleekel was the Red Knights leading scorer in 2015-16 with 58 points, including 22 goals (7 of which were game-winners). He averaged 1.30 points-per-game during his US high school hockey career, tallying 171 points (78 goals, 93 assists) in 132 games.