There’s a new boss behind the bench of the Merritt Centennials.

The team today announced Barry Wolff as their newest head coach and general manager (GM).

Wolff will assume his role immediately, filling the role left vacant by departing head coach and GM Joe Martin.

“I’m just excited to be a part of it” – Barry Wolf

Of the 50 plus applications the team received, Wolff’s stood above the rest, wrote Brian Barrett Director of Hockey Operations, in a news release.

“He has a wealth of experience, he’s won wherever he’s gone, he’s a good recruiter, and I know he has a hard work ethic, and he’ll give his all for this club,” Barrett said.

Originally from Kelowna, Wolff comes to the Centennials with 24 years of junior hockey coaching experience under his belt, primarily in the BCHL.

He led the Coquitlam Express from 2013 to 2017 as head coach and general manager. He won the BCHL Championship with the Express in the 2013-14 season.

He was also a part of the coaching staff of Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge on four separate occasions, winning gold in 2015.

Wolff spent the last season with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL)’s Swan Valley Stampeders and led the team to a second place finish in the regular season. He took them all the way to the MJHL finals, losing in overtime in game seven.

The new coach will have a chance to survey new Cents players at the team’s summer camp in Abbotsford from June 7 to 9.

“I think the first job is to go over the personnel the team has. What the needs are, and start looking for the players that will give us the best chance to win,” he said, adding he is excited to begin working with the cents. “It’s the oldest franchise in the BCHL, there’s a lot of tradition there and I’m just excited to be a part of it.”