The Merritt Centennials are pleased to announce the acquisition of defenceman Curtis Toneff (93) from the Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL in exchange for defenceman Dylan Bowen (95).
Toneff, 20, brings a veteran presence to an already-solid defensive core, having played over 100 games at the Junior A level. The Nanaimo, BC product spent time in the SJHL, MJHL, and with Alberni Valley, Westside and Trail of the BCHL. Most recently, Toneff has been a force on the Smoke Eaters blueline, recording 13 points in 24 games.
"We felt that we needed to add a different element to our defense core and believe that Curtis is the right type of player for our group." said Cents GM & Head Coach Luke Pierce. "He adds more experience and a certain level of physicality and grit. He has had a productive season so far offensively and can contribute when needed in that capacity."
Pierce gave strong kudos to Bowen for his time in the Nicola Valley, "Dylan was a great person here in Merritt and we thank him for his contributions to our club. We think he has a bright future in the game and will hopefully have a more prominent role in Trail with the direction they are taking."
"We look forward to welcoming Curtis to Merritt this weekend and are excited to see him in a Centennial jersey." Pierce concluded.
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