Saturday, September 13, 2014

NEW LOOK FOR 2014-15 EXPRESS

Brendan Lamont and Joey Santucci show off the new jersey.
A beautiful sunny day was the perfect backdrop for a barbecue at Mundy Park for a meet and greet with the 2014-15 Express and to unveil a new jersey and logo.

It now features black and gold to match the colors of Coquitlam minor hockey. The logo has also been modified with the aggressive face being replaced by a headlight.

The new white jersey will make it's debut when the Express open their season this coming weekend at the showcase in Chilliwack vs. West Kelowna at 7pm.

It was a great turnout to see this years squad. The early reviews for the new look from those in attendance at the gathering and online has been very positive.

Friday the Express completed their 5 game exhibition schedule with a 4-3 win over Powell River.  The Express finished the pre season with a 2-3 record.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

EXPRESS FIRST EXHIBITION WIN

The Coquitlam Express picked up their first win of the pre-season with a 4-3 decision over the Surrey Eagles from the Port Coquitlam recreation complex.

Things started well for Coquitlam with first period goals by Jackson Cressey on the powerplay and a goal by Matt Michie 1:13 later after Surrey netminder Christian Short got crossed up in his crease.

The second period saw Surrey's Darius Davidson score twice in the first 11 minutes to even the score.

Michael Revalakis who showed the fight of a pit bull throughout the night helped set up a 2 on 1 in the the neutral zone followed up on the play to bang home the rebound from the odd man rush to restore the Express lead.

28 seconds later Surrey tied it again on a goal by Chase McMurphy.

Pierce Dushenko got his first start of the exhibition playing 40 minutes turning aside 19 of the 22 shots sent his way.

Brendan Soucie broke the deadlock in the third period for the Express showing great patience with the puck before beating Danny Davidson. 

Adam Derochie had a perfect third period in the Express crease making 14 saves.

The Express were 1 for 6 on the powerplay while Surrey was 1 for 3.

Thursday night the Express are in Hope for their next exhibition game vs. Chilliwack.  They wrap up exhibition play Friday at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre vs. Powell River.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

CRAZY EIGHT'S FOR RIVERMEN OVER EXPRESS

The Langley Rivermen defeated the Express for a second straight night by an 8-3 score in exhibition play.

Zac Masson on the powerplay and Kevan Killistoff shorthanded opened up a 2-0 Langley lead. Josh Smith got the Express on the board potting home the rebound of a shot from the right wing by Carson Rose.

The second period saw Langley strike 6 times in the first 11 minutes to pull away from Coquitlam.  Evan Anderson leading the way with a pair of goals.

The final 20 minutes saw the Express put a dent into the Rivermen lead. Brendan Lamont converted a Daniel Lange set up for a power play goal.  And that was followed up 1:39 later with Peter Matthews scoring the final goal of the evening.

Jeff Veitch split the crease with Jeff Salinas who only allowed one goal in the final 30 minutes of action.

Saturdays contest saw three returning veterans Jackson Cressey, Josh Smith, Brendan Lamont dress for the Express. 

Langley outshot the Express by a 26-24 margin.

The exhibition resumes for the Express Tuesday night when they host the Surrey Eagles at the Port Coquitlam recreation complex.

Friday, September 5, 2014

RIVERMEN TAKE EXHIBITION OPENER FOR EXPRESS

The Langley Rivermen handed the Express an 8-3 loss in the opening game of the pre-season for both teams.

The hosts had a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes. 

Colton Kerfoot scored his first of two on the night early in the second period on the powerplay banging home the rebound of a Brett Supinski shot off the end boards.

The score was 6-1 Langley after 40 minutes.

The teams traded goals in the third period with each team scoring twice.  That  included Kerfoot's second of the night with a shot off the wing.

Ian Derochie and Jeff Veitch split the goaltending duties equally.

The teams will go at it again Saturday night in Coquitlam at 7pm.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

DARCY ROTA INTERVIEW

It became the end of an era on July 10, 2014 when Darcy Rota officially resigned his position as President of the Coquitlam Express. 

He sold his ownership shares of the Express organization a year ago but decided to stay on board for this past season. He goes out on top watching the Express win their second BCHL championship. The Express are tied with the Penticton Vees, Nanaimo Clippers and Surrey Eagles for second most BCHL championships won with two since the Express came in the BCHL in 2001. Only the Vernon Vipers won more with four.

Rota's resignation ends a run that saw the former Vancouver Canuck star cut all ties with a hockey team he helped build literally from nothing in 2000 and hit the ice in the fall of 2001 as an expansion team.

Over the course of the next 14 seasons, Rota was the most recognizable face of the Express franchise whether it was based in Coquitlam or Burnaby.

There were ups and downs along the road for Rota and the Express. They were highlighted by the two BCHL championships (2006, 2014) and 1 RBC Cup national championship (2006).

Plus there were plenty of other memories created at the rink and in the office as the Express went through their growth and evoloution. 

I had a chance to speak with Darcy about his decision to leave the Express. And to reflect on his time with the franchise. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

HODDER COMMITS TO ST. THOMAS

Photo courtesy of Tri Cities Now:
Defenceman Zach Hodder has committed to St. Thomas University (CIS) in Fredricton New Brunswick for next season.

Hodder had two separate stints with the Express during the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons. In 87 career games with the Express the Delta native accumulated 20 goals and 49 assists for 69 points. In the playoffs Hodder scored 5 goals and 9 assists for 14 points in 25 career BCHL playoff games winning the Fred Page Cup championship in 2014. He also had 2 goals and 2 assists at the 2014 Western Canada Cup in Dauphin Manitoba.

He also played 128 career WHL games with the Vancouver Giants, Saskatoon Blades, Prince Albert Raiders, Medicine Hat Tigers and Moose Jaw Warriors where he scored 8 goals and 30 assists for 38 points.

Congratulations Zach.
Click here for the STU Press Release  
Saturday, July 5, 2014

EXPRESS 2014-15 SCHEDULE RELEASED



The full BCHL schedule has now been released. The dates for the 3rd annual Bauer BCHL showcase in Chilliwack were released last week with the Express will beginning their defence of their 2nd Fred Page Cup championship Friday September 19th a road game vs. the West Kelowna Warriors.

The Coquitlam faithful will see their team at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre for the first time since they defeated the Vernon Vipers in game 4 of the Fred Page cup final in April when they host the Prince George Spruce Kings in the home opener Friday September 26th. It's the first of a pair of visits on consecutive nights for Prince George as they get re-acquainted with the defending champions for the first time since their 1st round playoff meeting that saw the Express advance in 6 games.

The Express have a great opportunity to get off to a good start on home ice with 5 consecutive games played at the Palace on Poirier following the showcase. As part of the early season home stand, the Express will play their second round playoff opponent the Langley Rivermen on Friday October 3rd.

The schedule then begins to balance out for the Express who will play 7 of their next 8 games on the road. The only home game is the front end of a home and home series with the Chilliwack Chiefs on Saturday October 17th. That is followed by 4 consecutive road games vs. Mainland division opponents Chilliwack, Langley and back to back games in Surrey on October 19th and 24th.

Coquitlam and their mainland division rivals will get very familiar with one another in October and November.

The Express will play 8 games within the division in October.

From October 17th until November 12th the Express will play 11 of 12 games against Mainland division clubs (6 road, 5 home). They will see Surrey 4 times, Chilliwack 3 times,  Langley twice and Prince George once.

Here's the breakdown by division.

Vs. Mainland division opponents 34 games.

Vs. Interior division opponents 14 games (1 home, 1 away) *Plus one additional game vs. West Kelowna (A) and Trail (H) at the Bauer BCHL showcase.

Vs. Island division opponents 10 games (1 home, 1 away).

The Express will play Langley and Surrey 8 times. And have 9 games vs. Chilliwack (4 home, 5 away) and Prince George (4 home, 5 away).

With the 5 road games vs. the Spruce Kings, it means the Express will be making 3 separate trips up north this season. They will visit for a pair of games on November 28th and 29th and February 6th and 7th. They will also have a Sunday afternoon visit on January 18th. The night before Saturday January 17th will be the first meeting between the Express and the Vernon Vipers since the Fred Page cup final. Vernon will visit the Express on Friday January 23rd.

The Express will have a 4 game home stand just before their season finale on Saturday February 28th in Chilliwack.

Three times this season the Express will have Friday/Saturday home and home series with the Chiefs. They all will start on the Friday in Coquitlam and concluding the next night in Chilliwack. They will take place on October 17th/18th, November 21st/22nd, and February 27th/28th to conclude the season.

Five times the Express will play three games on three consecutive days. They will also play three games in four nights on Family day weekend with a Monday afternoon matinee in Surrey on February 9th. That game is on the heals of a pair of games in Prince George Friday and Saturday night.

Here are some highlights of the schedule.

Season opener Friday September 19th vs. West Kelowna in Chilliwack at Bauer BCHL showcase.

Home opener Friday September 26th vs. Prince George.

Home and home with the Penticton Vees Wednesday January 7th in Penticton, January 9th in Coquitlam.

Click here for the full 2014-15 Express schedule