Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Centennials Welcome Big-Time Goal Scorer To Fold:
The Merritt Centennials have made a major move to add some more scoring prowess to their lineup for the 2014-15 BCHL season.
The hockey club has signed 18-year-old forward Michael Ederer, a native of Lancaster, New York, who played for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres of the Ontario Junior Hockey League last season.
In 65 regular season and playoff games for the Jr. Sabres, the five-foot, 11-inch, 180-pound Ederer tallied 36 goals and added 28 assists for 64 points.
He finished fourth overall in team scoring and played a key role in helping the Jr. Sabres win the western division of the OJHL.
Ederer comes to the Centennials with a NCAA Division 1 scholarship already in hand. He has committed to play for the St. Lawrence University Saints in Canton, New York beginning in September 2015.
“We believe that Michael is a top-six player and that he will come and fit in well with our existing group,” said Cents head coach and GM Luke Pierce. “Hopefully, he’ll add some natural goal-scoring ability. He has some experience playing at the junior level which is always beneficial.”
Pierce went on to say that Ederer was keen to come out west to play his final year of junior.
“He saw it as a natural progression prior to heading off to school a year from now.”
The Buffalo Jr. Sabres front office and coaching staff is comprised of a who’s who of former NHL players with club president Larry Playfair, general manager and director of hockey operations Michael Peca, coach John Tucker and play-by-play announcer Ric Seiling.
The four combined played over 2,100 games and scored a total of 484 goals for the NHL‘s Buffalo Sabres alone.
The Jr. Sabres program has graduated numerous players who have gone on to NHL careers, including Brian Gionta (recently traded to the Buffalo Sabres by the Montreal Canadiens), Todd Marchant, Aaron Miller and Ryan Callahan.