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Hockey Operations Staff

Head Coach and General Manager - Curtis Toneff


Head Coach & General Manager Curtis was hired by the Centennials in December 2021 following two and a half seasons in the SJHL with the Humboldt Broncos as an Assistant Coach. Prior to his time in Humboldt, Curtis served as the Head Coach and GM of the Nanaimo Buccaneers in the VIJHL for two seasons. Curtis is excited to be back coaching in the BCHL and looks forward to calling Merritt home year-round with his girlfriend Wendy, who is a registered nurse.
Office: (250) - 231-3240

Associate Coach and Assistant General Manager - Sam Waterfield


Sam comes to Merritt after spending last season with the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Prior to that, Sam has spent time with the Grande Prairie Storm, Coquitlam Express and the Saanich Braves in the VIJHL. Waterfield will be leaned on for many aspects of the team's day-to-day activities and will play a key role in developing players' individual skills. He will also lead the Centennials' annual hockey school and is excited to get involved with Merritt Minor Hockey.

Assistant Coach - Paul Barnes

Goaltending Coach - Tyler Steel

Tyler Steel came to Merritt 12 years ago to play for the Centennials, starting over 100 career games in three seasons with the team. In his third season with the Centennials, Steel was awarded team MVP and was named the goalie for the Interior All-Star Team.

Trainer - Dave Rowe

Dave Rowe, a Brampton, Ontario native, is a highly experienced Trainer, having developed his skills over the last four years with Provincial Jr A hockey teams in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and most recently with the Prince George Spruce Kings. Dave has an extensive educational background, with a degree from Brock University and a diploma from Sheridan College. He grew up an elite-level hockey player with a love for all sports, his ambition is to combine his experience and love of the game into a career at the highest levels of sport. Having recently achieved accreditation as a Certified Athletic Therapist, David is a great addition to the Centennials Hockey Club.

Team Kinesiologist - Alyssa Theodore

Alyssa Theodore is a registered Kinesiologist with the BCAK (British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists) and a certified Fascial Stretch Therapy Practitioner. Alyssa has a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology and has been working as a Kinesiologist since 2018. She has vast experience with sport-specific athletes, adults within the general and older populations, injury rehabilitation, pre and post-surgery preparation, as well as ICBC clients. Along with her knowledge, she has played hockey since she was young and is active in the ice hockey and roller hockey communities. Alyssa comes from a hockey family, with her brother playing professional hockey for the Vegas Golden Knights. She has personally witnessed the dedication and training process an athlete takes to get to the professional level on and off the ice. Alyssa is proud to combine her two passions of work and sport to assist the Merritt Centennials in their off-ice training and rehabilitation this season. 

Scout (Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley) - Milton Chan 

Milton, is the Owner & Director of Hockey Operations MC High-Performance Training and has been a long-time hockey coach in the Lower Mainland seeing much success throughout his coaching career. MCHPT has been a leading skill development company in the Lower Mainland for the past few years and is a familiar name to many athletes, families, and minor hockey associations. Milton's skill development background has helped progress many of his athletes to the CSSHL, BCEHL, PJHL, SJHL, AJHL, BCHL, WHL, NCAA, ACAC, WWCHL, ACHA, USPORTS & Pro. Not only does he bring a background in high-performance training, but he also brings experience from scouting in the PJHL in the 2015/2016 season. In addition, he is also the Owner of the BC Capitals Female Elite Spring Academy where he works with the top female athletes in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley of all ages.