The Merritt Centennials are excited to announce that they have committed to forward Joe Davidson (03) of the Nelson Leafs for the upcoming season.
The Nelson native suited up for his hometown team last year in the KIJHL and was one of the most impressive rookies throughout the campaign and was the top 16 year old in the league. In 44 games with the Leafs, Davidson put up 22 goals and 16 assists for 38 points. The 6’2, 185 pound forward also added 2 goals in 6 playoff games for the Leafs before action was halted in the spring due to the Covid pandemic. The left-handed forward has a nose for the net and was twice named a ‘Hot in the KI’ selection for his play throughout the season.
Head Coach and General Manager Derek Sweet-Coulter says that Davidson has all the tools to become a top talent in the BCHL.
“Joe was one of the top players out of the KIJHL last year as an ’03. He has size and he plays to it. He goes to the tough areas of the ice and isn’t afraid to drive the net. He scored a lot last season and we believe as he develops he wil score in the BCHL too. He is a big powerful forward that we are very excited about.”
Coach Sweet-Coulter adds that along with his talent on the ice, Davidson will fit the Centennials hard working culture.
“Davidson is a tremendous person who has been working 2 jobs this summer and understands you get what you work for in life. He fits our culture and we are excited he chose our program to help him develop as a player and a person.”
Davidson says he’s looking forward to the challenge of the BCHL.
“I am super excited to be part of a young, competitive team as well as playing at a higher level with some more skilled and fast competition.”
Throughout the pandemic, Davidson has been hitting the gym hard to prepare for the season ahead.
“I have been in the gym daily and focusing on having quicker feet and a strong net drive, so I’ve dedicated my workout to agility and strengthening my legs.”
He adds that he plans on sticking to what’s gotten him this far.
“I feel that I am a strong net front guy that can contribute to the offence with my size and strength.”
The Cents would like to welcome Joe and his family to the team and the Nicola Valley and look forward to having him be a part of the community.
The Centennials are rounding out their roster with their upcoming Fall Evaluation camp that begins on August 31st before the full team will be in place for mid-September to begin training.