Monday, October 14, 2013

PRMHA Alumnus Oakes joins Merritt Centennials of BCHL

A Former Prince Rupert Minor Hockey player has moved to a new hockey adventure, as last week the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL, reassigned Devin Oakes to the Junior A British Columbia Hockey League circuit.

The Blazers announced their latest roster move on October 7th reducing their roster by two positions. Oakes has since reported to the Merritt Centennials,  a team which plays in the Interior Division of the BCHL.

Kamloops Daily  News-- Kamloops Blazers trim roster to 23, reassign Tristan Seiben and Devin Oakes
Kamloops This Week-- Younger Kamloops Blazers OK, veterans called out

Prior to the Blazers' roster move,  Oakes had appeared in two of the Kamloop's team's six games to that point of the WHL season.  He had been serving a three game suspension from the pre season, which included the Blazers first game of the season.

"We are excited to add Devin to our group today. He is a hard-nosed player that will help to make us tougher to play against... "Devin will add some valuable experience to our group as well after experiencing games in the tough WHL playoffs last year with a very good Kamloops team."-- Merritt Centennials GM/coach Luke Pierce on obtaining Devin Oakes from the Kamloops Blazers on October 7th

The Centennials were quick to welcome Oakes to the squad and quickly put him into the lineup.

The Rupertite wasted little time once on the roster, picking up his first point  in his second game with his new team, scoring one of the Centennials two goals in a 4-2 loss on Saturday to Coquitlam.

The addition of Oakes to the  make up of the Centennials, is designed to add experience and stability to the young roster and bring some of his recent WHL experience into the mix.

Something that Coach and GM Luke Pierce, hopes will benefit the Merritt team as it works its way through the 2013-14 BCHL schedule.

You can follow his progress with the Centennials and the BCHL from the team's website,  as well BCHL games stream live through the FastHockey website (free login password required)

For more items of interest on the PRMHA and some of its alumni check our archive page regularly for updates.

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