The Merritt Centennials have committed to defender Tristan Allen (03) of the Thompson Blazers of the BC U18 AAA league for the upcoming regular season.
A native of Kamloops, Allen has spent the past few years in his hometown system growing as a player. In the 2019-20 season, Allen suited up for 40 games with the Blazers and scored a goal while adding 21 assists. Allen also snuck into 4 games in the CSSHL this season, scoring one goal this season before play was suspended due to COVID. The 5’10”, right handed shot, stands at 170 pounds and looks to join former team mate Dylan Sydor on the Centennials.
Head Coach and General Manager says that Allen will be ready to make the jump to the BCHL.
“Tristan is a special player and person, he plays a very smart game and does everything with his head up. He comes from a great development program in Thompson with the Blazers led by Head Coach Chris Murray and his transition to our program will be seamless.”
Allen says that he’s been keeping his skills sharp and is excited to join the Cents.
“I have been on the ice and working out 4-5 times a week in order to keep my skills as sharp as possible with my past team. I’m super excited to join the Centennials because I’ve seen many great players pass through their organization onto college and even the NHL. I’m also excited to meet the players and the team staff as I’ve heard they are a really close group.”
Allen adds that he will bring some mobility to the Centennials blueline.
“The skills that I will bring to the Centennials are my hockey sense, competitiveness, skating ability and my puck moving skills.”
The Cents would like to welcome Tristan and his family to the team and the Nicola Valley and look forward to his contributions here on and off the ice.