Cents D-man Bird earns scholarship to Lake Superior State
Friday, July 11, 2014 - Submitted by Merritt Centennials
The Merritt Centennials are pleased to announce the commitment of defenceman Jason Bird to the Lake Superior State (LSSU) Lakers NCAA Division I program for the 2014/15 season. Bird will join fellow Cents grad Scott Patterson on the Lakers roster next season. A Toronto, Ont. product, Bird was acquired near the 2013/14 trade deadline by the Centennials, after previously suiting up with the Vernon Vipers and Coquitlam Express in the BCHL, and Vaughn Vipers of the OJHL. Jason compiled 10 points in just 20 games in a Cents uniform, with over 160 Junior A games under his belt. “In the short time Jason spent with our organization he made a significant impact with his maturity and leadership.” Centennials head coach Luke Pierce said. “His skating and ability to run an offence from the back end make him a very unique talent and I have all the confidence that he will have success at the Division I level.“ Jason made a special note to pass on thank you’s to Luke Pierce, Joe Martin and the entire organization.
“They made me feel welcome from Day 1 and made my short time there very enjoyable. Without their help and support this opportunity may not be possible. “Being from Toronto; it (LSSU) is a school that is close by and that a few past teammates of mine have gone to over the years.” Bird said, “I am very thankful for the opportunity that they are giving me and I can't wait to get down there in a couple months and get started.”