August 19, 2019 – Merritt, BC – The Centennials opened main camp on Monday morning with a number of new faces vying for a spot on the team. The search for the 2019-20 roster has attracted players from as near as the Cents home town and surrounding area to as far as Eastern Canada.
The Cents are taking the first two days to have a thorough look at the invitees, of which their are over 80 including goalies. The returning Centennials and Junior ‘A’ veterans will take part in some goalie sessions, but won’t officially get going until Wednesday morning after the first releases.
Among the attendees are a few Merritt locals. Goaltender Colton Macaulay (01) will be among the many goalies trying to making an impression on Head Coach Barry Wolff along with former AP Jakob Gullmes (02), who spent time with the 100 Mile Wranglers. Forward Cody Dick (02) has some ties to Merritt as well as Atrayu Jonny (02) and Chase Cooke (03) who will be attending their second straight main camp for the Cents.
Some names that are familiar to Cents fans are defenseman Ross Roloson (03), younger brother of Brett, and son of former NHL goaltender Dwayne Roloson. Garrett Wicks (01), younger brother of Centennials Captain for 2018-19 Nick Wicks will be looking to carve out a spot among the forwards. Kaden Zakall (03), cousin of hometown hero Talon will also be trying to impress the Cents brass in the two day audition segment of camp.
Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff says that he’s looking for compete and whatever a player does best.
“We’re looking for players to fill holes throughout the line-up, and it starts with the work ethic and the compete. We want to see everyone playing to their strengths and what makes them great hockey players because we will need all types of players to make a complete team.”
Camp continues Tuesday with scrimmages at 8am, 9:15am, 10:30am, and 11:45 before player interviews and cutting down the roster for Wednesday’s practices and intrasquad game.
Season tickets are still available for the upcoming season at the Cents Marketing Office across from Canada Post.
The Centennials are looking for a couple more Billet houses for the upcoming season if you’re looking for more information on becoming a key part of a player’s Merritt experience please find it here: https://www.merrittcentennials.com/being-a-billet
The team is inviting all supporters to be a part of their online weekly 5050 draw where you can play for as little as a toonie with draws every Tuesday at https://centsweekly5050.thelottofactory.com/