Nicholas Merkley
North American Skater - Kelowna, WHL
Final Rank:23Midterm Rank:13
Position:Right WingShoots:Right
Height:5' 10"Weight:191
Born:May 23, 1997Hometown:Calgary, Alta.
Born in:Calgary, AB, CAN
Drafted: 2015: ARI (1st Round / 30th Overall) 

• Merkley helped the Rockets win the Ed Chynoweth Cup as Western Hockey League champions for the fourth time in franchise history, leading all players with 22 assists and placing third with 27 points (5-22—27) in 19 postseason outings. He also collected five points (3-2—5) at the 2015 Memorial Cup to guide Kelowna to the championship game before falling to Oshawa.

• During the 2014-15 regular season, Merkley led the Rockets and finished sixth in the WHL with 90 points (20-70—90) in 72 games to help the club finish atop the Western Conference.

• Merkley won WHL Rookie of the Year honors in 2013-14 after finishing third among rookies with 58 points (25-33—58) in 66 games as a 16-year-old.

• His most memorable hockey moment is winning gold with Canada at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, where he served as an assistant captain. Merkley also wore an “A” and tallied five points (2-3—5) at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, helping Team Pacific capture silver.

• His older brother, Jay, played the last four seasons in the WHL with the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Swift Current Broncos.

• Merkley spent the summer after his WHL rookie season training alongside Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers and Mike Green of the Washington Capitals.

• He first skated at age two on Lake Bonavista in Calgary.


NEWS

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FAVORITES

NHL team: Chicago Blackhawks
NHL player: Patrick Sharp
Shootout move: "Five-hole deke"
Goal celebration: "Finger point"
Video game: NHL 15
Movie: Fury
TV show: Dexter
Actor: Brad Pitt
Musician: Keith Urban
Website: NHL.com
Sport (other than hockey): Tennis
Athlete (non-hockey): LeBron James

STATISTICS

SEASONTEAMLEAGUEGPGAPPIM
2016-2017KELOWNAWHL6323406373
2015-2016KELOWNAWHL4317314844
2014-2015KELOWNAWHL7220709079
2014-2015CAN U18 (Ivan Hlinka Memorial 2014)ITLTOUR50448
2013-2014KELOWNAWHL6625335846
2013-2014PACIFIC (2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge)NATOUR623514