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October 11, 2012, Merritt, BC – The Merritt Centennials are excited to announce the commitment of 19-year-old goaltender Tyler Steel to Brown University for the 2013-14 season.

Steel is in his third BCHL season with the Centennials after establishing career bests in 2011-12 with a 15-11-1-0 record, 2.60 goals-against-average, .916 save percentage and three shutouts in 29 games.

As a rookie in 2010-11, the Vernon native had a 7-16-0-0 record with a 3.48 goals-against-average, .889 save percentage and one shutout in 30 games.

“Tyler has been very patient in his development here over the past two seasons and his dedication is starting to pay off,” said Cents GM and Head Coach Luke Pierce. “He was very thorough in his decision making process with regards to his future and I think his choice to commit to Brown University is a great one as he’ll have an opportunity to help in the growth of that program while receiving a first class education.”

Pierce added, “We look forward to helping prepare Tyler for the next step and know that in the meantime he is prepared to continue providing us with elite goaltending on a nightly basis.”

For further information, please contact Luke Pierce at 250-378-3607 or luke@merrittcentennials.com

The Cents next game is Saturday, October 13 as they continue their 40th season of junior ‘A’ hockey at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena for the lone visit of the season by the Powell River Kings to Merritt. Game time is 7:30 pm.

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Season tickets are still available for the 2012-13 season. For more information on how to get yours, call the Cents Marketing office at 250-378-3604.

The Merritt Centennials, proudly celebrating 40 seasons as the BCHL’s longest continuously run franchise, are a non-profit, community owned Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club run by a dedicated team of investors, directors, and volunteers.