The Merritt Centennials are proud to announce that starting goaltender Josh Dias has committed to the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (USPORTS) for the 2021-22 season.
A native of Surrey, BC, Dias will bring his full compliment of goaltending skills to his next destination. In this years pod season, Dias was the last line of defense on a young Centennials squad, but was able to steal a couple of wins for the team going 2-13 with a 4.07 GAA and an .892 SV%. In his two seasons in the AJHL, spent with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons and the Lloydminster Bobcats he posted a 16-38-6 record with a 3.55 GAA, an .897 SV% and 1 shutout.
Director of Hockey Operations John Stuart says that Dias has more than earned the opportunity to continue his hockey career at the next level.
“We could not be more proud of Josh Dias. It was about this time a year ago we traded for Josh to become our starter and he wowed us right from the beginning. He not only became our starter but a team leader, the ultimate competitor, and our MVP. In addition to all his skills on the ice, he is an even better person.”
Stuart adds that the Huskies are the right fit for both player and program.
“U of S has such a great history and tradition, Josh will fit in very well there. The Huskies have gotten themselves a great goalie, leader and person.”
The Centennials would like to wish Josh and his family all the best as they embark on this next chapter.
The commitment from Dias marks the 4th year in a row a Centennials graduating netminder has committed to the next level from the team.