The Merritt Centennials have added a 20-year old goaltender this week, bringing in Surrey's Jonah Imoo from the Powell River Kings.
Personally, I have been nothing but impressed in the games I have witnessed Jonah play, and I believe his playing style is a huge boost for the Centennials to have behind an already strong defensive core.
Jonah has been tried, tested and proven as a solidified number one in the BCHL, and it all began by allowing just 7 goals in his first 8 BCHL starts, before that momentum carried over to the 11/12 playoffs.
As a former teammate of current-Cent James Neil, Jonah sounds very excited about the opportunity to play in the Nicola Valley; and I for one am very excited to hear "Jonah, Jonah" chants throughout the season.
Here is the official release from the Centennials site:
Jonah, a Surrey product, has played in 82 career BCHL regular season games, with 41 wins under his belt to go along with an .892 Save % and a 2.82 GAA, all stats he has accured with the Powell River Kings.
In 2012/13, Jonah earned the opportunity to play goal for Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge. In all 4 of his teams games, Jonah was consistent and solid; finishing with a 2.24 GAA and an impressive .918 Save %.
"The opportunity to add a goaltender with the type of experience Jonah has had was too good of an opportunity to pass up." Centennials Head Coach/GM Luke Pierce stated, "He has proven both in the BCHL and in the World Junior A Challenge that he is capable of playing in high pressure situations."
Pierce also eluded to this move giving the Centennials an important piece of locker room experience.
"We have had a solid track record of goaltending in the past few years and are confident that Jonah can come in and help our team continue that tradition. He will be looked upon to add leadership to our room and embrace his role as a positive representative of this community."
"On behalf of the organization and the City of Merritt; I welcome Jonah to the Centennials and look forward to seeing him in August."