Photo Credit: Garrett James
The Merritt Centennials have acquired forward Walker Erickson (02) from the Trail Smoke Eaters to complete a trade from January 7th that saw Matt Osadick (00) sent to Trail for future considerations.
A Surrey, BC native, Erickson was a role player on a deep Smoke Eaters team this past season playing 31 games while scoring 7 goals, and adding 2 assists for 9 points. At 6’1 and 170 pounds, the right shot will be looking to see his role expand with the Centennials next season. In 2018-19 with the Valley West Giants Erickson was a point-per-game player in Major Midget compiling 17 goals, 21 assists in 38 games.
Head Coach and General Manager Derek Sweet Coulter says that Erickson is excited to join the Cents.
“He plays a power forward game, and has tremendous speed and skill. Add in high end compete and character and he’s the kind of player we look forward to adding to the roster.”
Erickson echoes the sentiments of Coach Sweet Coulter.
“I’m going to bring my speed as well as my compete level. I’ve been getting ready for the season by boxing and skating every week.”
The Centennials would like to welcome Walker and the Erickson Family to the organization and the Nicola Valley.