Competitive Camp Leaves Tough Decisions

Nearly 100 players descended upon Merritt and the NVMA over the weekend to compete for a spot on the Merritt Centennials.

With players from across BC joining the camp from various levels, and various ages Assistant Coach Brandon Shaw says the coaching staff now has some hard decisions to make.

“It’s easy to watch and pick out what some players do well and what some need to improve upon, but now it’s on the coaching staff, scouts, and others who help with our camp to go over notes and decide who we like for next season, who we’ll keep on the radar, and who might be an affiliate for next year. These young men came here and showed their best, so it’s up to us to do them justice and give them some solid feedback.”

Coach Shaw adds that the next step for those that impressed will be Summer Camp.

“In Merritt we treat this as an identification camp, and we’ll invite the players that showed well to our Summer Camp in Abbotsford. There will be players from all over Canada and the US attending that camp, and the main goal from there is to make it to our 30 player main camp ahead of the season.”

Time will tell how the 5 locals (Chase Cooke, Atrayu Johnny, Colton MacCauley, Anthony Tulliani, and Justin Vinterlick) along with the 3 younger brothers (Garrett Wicks, Josh Van Unen, and Ross Roloson) figure into the future of the Centennials.

The Cents will host their Summer Camp from June 7th -9th in Abbotsford. Registration details to come shortly.