The Merritt Centennials are proud to announce that they’ve committed to Forward Chris Fortems (02) from the White Rock Whalers of the PJHL from the 2020-21 season.
Hailing from Delta, British Columbia, Fortems finished the season leading the Whalers in scoring as a rookie, and tied for the league lead in scoring by a rookie with 48 points in 43 games played. The creative forward did most of his damage at even strength as of his 15 goals and 33 assists only 8 points came on the power play.
Fortems says that he’s happy to be playing in a town that has been appreciating Canada’s game for a long time.
“I’m excited that I have been given an opportunity to play for a Hockey town and a team with a long history in the BCHL.”
He adds that he feels he has a great mix of determination and skill.
“I feel that my best strengths are my speed and creativity, and I know that I will bring a high compete level to practice and games every day.”
Director of Hockey Operations John Stuart says that Fortems will be a great piece up front for the Centennials and he’s earned the right for the opportunity.
“Chris is someone I am familiar with from my time at Delta Hockey Academy. He progresses each year and has really come into his own this past season with the White Rock Whalers. Any time a 17 year old can dominate the next level league playing against older competition it’s something you really have to take notice of. Chris put up very impressive numbers as a rookie and is deserving of the chance to move up to the Jr ‘A’ level. We made a point to watch Chris live this season as well as speak to him about the culture and values we are trying to create as an organization. We feel Chris is going to be a big part of our team both on and off the ice, and are very excited to have him as a part of the Merritt Centennials.”
Fortems says that he wants to do everything he can this summer to make sure he’s ready to make strides when the puck drops for 2020-21.
“My goals for the summer are to train hard and come into camp in the best shape possible to be an impact player for the team.”
The Centennials would like to welcome Chris and his family to the Nicola Valley, and can’t wait to see him in action on the ice and in the community.