Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bauer BCHL Showcase Schedule Released, Cents Open Season September 20th:

The Merritt Centennials will open the season with an 11:30 AM game on Saturday, September 20th against the Cowichan Valley Capitals, followed up by a 6:00 PM game the following evening, September 21st, against the host Chilliwack Chiefs.

See below for the full release from the BCHL.

For the third straight season, the Bauer BCHL Showcase comes to Prospera Centre in Chilliwack and the dates and matchups are all set.

All 16 BCHL teams will come to the Fraser Valley Sept. 19 to 21 to start off the season with two games each that will count in the regular season standings. The first two Showcase events drew strong attendance from both NHL and NCAA scouts. The same is expected this time around.

"The Showcase has proven to be a popular event for both the people looking for talent and also the teams and players," said BCHL communications director Brent Mutis. "The chance for scouts to see all players under one roof in one weekend is extremely valuable and the City of Chilliwack has been an ideal host for this event each of the last two years."

2014 Bauer BCHL Showcase schedule:

Friday, Sept. 19:

  • 3:30pm Vernon Vipers vs. Cowichan Valley Capitals  Secondary Rink
  • 4pm Salmon Arm Silverbacks vs. Langley Rivermen    Main Rink
  • 7pm Coquitlam Express vs. West Kelowna Warriors   Secondary Rink
  • 7:30pm Penticton Vees vs. Surrey Eagles
    Main Rink
Saturday, Sept. 20:
  • 11:30am Cowichan Valley Capitals vs. Merritt Centennials - Secondary Rink
  • 12:00pm Trail Smoke Eaters vs. Coquitlam Express     Main Rink
  • 3pm Alberni Valley Bulldogs vs. Penticton Vees      Secondary Rink
  • 3:30pm Victoria Grizzlies vs. Vernon Vipers               Main Rink
  • 6:30pm Nanaimo Clippers vs. Prince George Spruce Kings - Secondary Rink
  • 7pm Chilliwack Chiefs vs. Powell River Kings
    Main Rink
Sunday, Sept. 21:
  • 10:30am Powell River Kings vs. Trail Smoke Eaters      Secondary Rink
  • 11am Prince George Spruce Kings vs. Alberni Valley Bulldogs - Main Rink
  • 2pm Langley Rivermen vs. Victoria Grizzlies         
    Secondary Rink
  • 2:30pm West Kelowna Warriors vs. Nanaimo Clippers   Main Rink
  • 5:30pm Surrey Eagles vs. Salmon Arm Silverbacks       Secondary Rink
  • 6pm Merritt Centennials vs. Chilliwack Chiefs
    Main Rink

Centennials Announce Pair of Commitments, Back To Business:

The Merritt Centennials have announced a pair of commitments this week, with more news to follow before Canada Day.

Sebastien Pare, a high calibre offensive forward, has committed to Mt. Royal University in the CIS, following a pair of seasons with Merritt in which he was looked to for leadership and production.

Jason Bird, a very strong puck moving defenceman, has committed to Lake Superior State University, a Division 1 program in the NCAA. Jason was acquired at the trade deadline to bolster the back-end, and played a key role in the Cents' late season success.

I have attached the official releases below.

Apologies to fans who were hoping for a breakdown of commitments this week, between myself and Luke Pierce we have planned to make official announcements at a later date.

The Merritt Centennials of the British Columbia Hockey League(BCHL) are pleased to announce the commitment of defenceman Jason Bird(93) to the Lake Superior State Lakers NCAA Division 1 program for the 14/15 season.

Jason will join Scott Patterson on the Lakers roster next season.

The Toronto, Ontario product was acquired near the 2013/14 trade deadline by the Centennials, after previously suiting up with the Vernon Vipers and Coquitlam Express in the BCHL, and Vaughn Vipers of the OJHL.

Jason compiled 10 points in just 20 games in a Cents uniform, with over 160 Junior A games under his belt.

“In the short time Jason spent with our organization he made a significant impact with his maturity and leadership.” Centennials Head Coach Luke Pierce stated, while adding that Jason possesses a unique skillset, “His skating and ability to run an offence from the back end make him a very unique talent and I have all the confidence that he will have success at the Division 1 level.“

Jason made a special note to pass on thank you’s to Luke Pierce, Joe Martin and the entire organization, “They made me feel welcome from day 1 and made my short time there very enjoyable. Without their help and support this opportunity may not be possible.“

“Being from Toronto; it is a school that is close by and that a few of past teammates of mine have gone to over the years.” Bird said, “I am very thankful for the opportunity that they are giving me and I can't wait to get down there in a couple months and get started.”

From the entire organization we congratulate Jason, and thank him for his contributions to our organization, and our city.