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Next Generation: Merritt Centennials

Presented by┬áChevrolet. In the weeks leading up to the start of the 2023-24 season, we will go team-by-team to profile new players entering the league for the upcoming season, including scouting reports from the coaches. This year, we will go in reverse order of how the teams finished last season, starting with the two clubs […]

Centennials celebrate 50 years in Merritt

By Kenneth Wong The Merritt Centennials are the longest continuously run franchise in the BCHL. The team began life back in 1961 as the Kamloops Rockets in the first year of the league’s existence. The Rockets were one of four Okanagan junior teams which joined together to create the Okanagan-Mainline Junior Hockey League (OMJHL), the […]

BCHL Podcast: Jan. 27 (Johnny Hicks, Mirko Buttazzoni & Brady Smith)

Photo credit: Island Images Photography The BCHL Podcast is back! On this week’s episode, we reflect on the league’s 60th Anniversary event last weekend with a few of the stars of the show. We speak with Merritt Centennials goaltender Johnny Hicks (3:06), Coquitlam Express forward and All-Star Tournament MVP Mirko Buttazzoni (15:58) and Trail Smoke […]

Merritt’s Johnny Hicks named a Top Prospects Game replacement

Photo credit: Garrett James Photography Merritt Centennials goaltender Johnny Hicks has been named to the Team East roster for the Top Prospects Game tomorrow night in Penticton. The 17-year-old will replace Salmon Arm Silverbacks goaltender Carter Richardson who is unable to play due to illness. Hicks owns a .919 save percentage on the season, the […]

Merritt’s Chichkin and Cowichan’s Elias added to 60th Anniversary event rosters

Photo credits: Island Images Photography (Chichkin), Garrett James Photography (Elias) Merritt Centennials defenceman Aleksey Chichkin has been added to the Top Prospects Game and Cowichan Valley Capitals defenceman William Elias will now represent his team at the outdoor All-Star Tournament next weekend in Penticton. Chickin will replace former Capitals defenceman Aaron Brown on Team West […]

BC Raised: Jackson Krill

Photo credit: Garrett James Photography Presented by Chevrolet +++ Jackson Krill is used to putting in the work to accomplish his hockey goals. The Merritt Centennials forward was cut from his Atom rep team in Port Moody, B.C. his first year of tryouts and played House hockey for the season. He was cut from West […]

NCAA Roundup: Nov. 17

This week, we highlight alumni from the Chilliwack Chiefs, Merritt Centennials, Surrey Eagles, Wenatchee Wild and West Kelowna Warriors in the NCAA Roundup, presented by Johnston Meier Insurance. Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week Carter Wilkie (F) – Sophomore – Rochester Institute of Technology (Chilliwack Chiefs/West Kelowna Warriors) Wilkie totaled an Atlantic Hockey high five […]

NCAA Roundup: Nov. 9

It was a banner week for BCHL alumni plying their trade in the NCAA as there were nine former BCHLers honoured with weekly conference awards. We recap it all in this week’s NCAA Roundup, presented by Johnston Meier Insurance. CCHA Forward of the Week David Silye – Junior – Minnesota State University (Nanaimo Clippers/Penticton Vees) […]

BCHL Podcast: Sept. 23 (Curtis Toneff & Frank Djurasevic)

It’s opening night! And it’s also the season premiere of the BCHL Podcast! We kick off the 2022-23 campaign with a pair of interviews. First up, we chat with Merritt Centennials head coach and general manager Curtis Toneff (2:57) to discuss the Cents 50th anniversary season, as well as their revamped roster this year. We […]

2022-23 BCHL regular season kicks off tomorrow night

The 2022-23 BC Hockey League regular season begins tomorrow night with a full slate of nine games across the league. All 18 teams will play their season openers on Friday, including the Penticton Vees raising their championship banner at home against the Trail Smoke Eaters. Elsewhere, the Merritt Centennials will kick off their 50th Anniversary […]