Tuesday, July 31, 2018


Photo courtesy of Garrett James. Graphic by Jacob Lazare
The Coquitlam Express have acquired forward Chase Danol (99) from the Surrey Eagles in exchange for forward Eric Linell (98).

The Coquitlam Express have acquired forward Chase Danol (99) from the Surrey Eagles in exchange for forward Eric Linell (98).

Danol comes to the Express with a commitment to Bowling Green University.

The upcoming 2018-19 season will be Danol's second in the BCHL. Last season in Surrey he had 11 goals and 8 assists for 19 points in 52 games. He then added 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points in 13 playoff games as the Eagles lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Prince George Spruce Kings.

The newest member of the Express feels there is plenty of potential to showcase his ability in Coquitlam. “I do believe strongly this an opportunity for this coming season to show what I haven't been able to show yet.” says Danol.

“Chase is a player we believe will come in and help us immediately. He is a player that former teammates speak really highly of and brings a strong work ethic on and off the ice. As a rookie last season he may not have had the ice time or confidence to produce big numbers but after a season under his belt we feel he can be a major contributor.” says Express GM and Head Coach Jason Fortier.

This trade reunites Chase, a Westland, Michigan native with Express forward Josh Wildauer who is also from the Michigan area. They were teammates previously with the Oakland Jr Grizzlies during the 2016-17 season, and the Victory Honda U16 and Belle Tire Bantam programs in previous seasons.

“We are fortunate to be able to add a player like Chase considering Eric was scheduled to begin school at UConn next season but something changed and he will be heading there in 2019. We would have welcomed Eric back if he wanted to return but he spoke with us and asked for a change of scenery. We respect Eric's decision and appreciate the effort he gave to the Express last season but now it is time to move forward and continue building for this upcoming season. After Eric requested a trade, we spoke to several teams about him and Surrey made us a few offers. We wanted to acquire Chase or the deal would not get done unless we could add him. The deal is good for both sides and we are thrilled to add a player like Chase to the Express family.” Fortier adds.

Welcome to the Express Chase.

Friday, June 29, 2018


We can officially begin to countdown to hockey season now that the BCHL has released the schedule for the 2018-19 season. Click here for Express full 18-19 schedule

56 of the 58 games are officially set. The final two games to be determined are the annual showcase games that will be played at the showcase in Chilliwack from September 20-22.

As has been the case in previous years, the Express will start the season with a number of games played on the road. They will start on opening weekend with a pair of games on Friday September 7th in Surrey, then the next night they will be in Langley. The home opener is Sunday September 23rd vs. Salmon Arm.

The following weekend will see the Express head up to Prince George for a pair of games on the 14th and 15th. The next time the Express visit Prince George will be a pair of games on Friday January 25th and Saturday the 26th. The defending Mainland division champion and BCHL finalists will make four visits to Coquitlam over the course of the coming season. They will play a pair of games in Coquitlam on the weekend of October 19th with games on the Friday and Sunday the 21st.

One of the unique elements of the Express home schedule is the vast majority of games that will be played on Friday nights at 7pm and Sunday afternoons at 3pm. They will do that 6 times over the course of the season. Not one of those occasions will the Express have a road game on a Saturday sandwiched in between. Only once will the Express play three games in 3 nights, an Island trip November 30th to December 2nd with visits to Victoria, Nanaimo and Alberni Valley.

The Express have two Wednesday 12pm home games on Halloween vs. Langley and Surrey on January 16th.

They will start the season with 11 of their first 12 games against Mainland division opponents. This will be a good time for the Express to use a strong start to accumulate points that can put them in good standing in the division and help their footing within the division for the season. 6 of those 11 divisional games will be played on the road.

After the first four games on the road in the opening two weekends of the season, the Express will have a 5 game home stand which is part of a run that will see them play 13 of their next 16 games on home ice from September 23rd to November 7th. Two of those road games in this stretch are short trips to Surrey and Chilliwack on Friday October 5th and Saturday the 6th. Their other road game in this stretch will be the Express visit to Penticton on Wednesday October 24th. The Vees will make their visit to Coquitlam a month later on Friday the 23rd.

Early January will see the Express have another 5 game homestead from January 9th to the 18th.

From that point forward the Express will only have 3 home games in their final 14 games. Two of those games will be play consecutively on Friday February 8th and the defending Fred Page Cup and Doyle Cup champion Wenatchee Wild will visit on Sunday the 10th which is the Express final home game of the season. They will play their final four games of the season on the road with an Island division trip to Powell River and Cowichan Valley. Then visits to Vernon and Surrey in the final week of the regular season.


Sunday, September 23rd vs. Salmon Arm *home opener
Friday, October 12th vs. Chilliwack *First visit from defending RBC cup champions
Friday, November 16th vs. Victoria *Only visit of possible 1st round pick Alex Newhook
Friday, November 23rd vs. Penticton Vees
Friday, February 10th vs. Wenatchee *Only visit from defending BCHL and Doyle Cup champions

The Express will play 8 games against Mainland division opponents for 32 games. Then 24 games, one home and one away against the 5 Island division teams and 7 Interior division teams for a total of 56, plus the two to be determined BCHL showcase games for a grand total of 58.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


The Coquitlam Express have signed a commitment letter with defenceman Pito Walton (99).

Walton is a Peapack, New Jersey native where he spent the 2017-18 season with the North Jersey Avalanche T1EHL. In 27 games he tallied 4 goals 11 assists for 15 points.

“I'd call myself an offensive defenceman. But I take care of the defensive side of the game first. You see in the NHL today that the defence is a big part of the offence. The NHL player I model myself after is Pittsburgh's Kris Letang” says Walton.

“He is a very smart defender with a high IQ. He skates well and will be a very strong part of our back end. He is a 200 ft player that can make an impact on the attack or defending. Pito possesses a heavy shot and we are excited to add a player of his character and abilities.” Says Express Head Coach and GM Jason Fortier.

“Coquitlam sounded like a great place to play. Speaking with Jason Fortier, I wanted to be a part of it right away.” says Walton.

Walton is committed to Princeton University for the fall of 2019. He feels his time with the Express will be very helpful to prepare for Princeton. “Coquitlam will be a great spot to get me prepared. Working on my game every day, competing against very skilled players and great competition will be a great way for me to get better.” says Walton.

Welcome to the Express Pito.

Monday, March 12, 2018


Every overtime winner of the 1st round of the 2018 BCHL playoffs.

Video produced by Eddie Gregory. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018


Highlights from the Vees 2-1 win over the Express Wednesday night to complete a four game sweep of the Interior Division quarterfinal.

Highlights produced by Eddie Gregory. 


Clay Stevenson and Chris Klack
Photo courtesy of Damon James.
The Express season came to an end Wednesday night with a 2-1 loss to the Penticton Vees. The BCHL's top team completed a four game sweep of the Interior Division Quarterfinal. Click here for boxscore

In a series that at times saw Penticton play at a high tempo that resulted in blow out wins in games 2 and 3, it was a tighter game for the Express with a slower pace despite the fact they were outshot 59-26.

Right off the bad the Express had a great scramble chance, but they couldn't jam the puck past Vees goaltender Adam Scheel.

Clay Stevenson got the call between the pipes in game 4. He relieved Brock Hamm in each of the previous two games. Game 4 quickly developed into a game of a lifetime for the Express goaltender. He was peppered with plenty of shots and made Penticton earn everything that they got.

Late in the first period Stevenson made a sequence of four saves while the Express were shorthanded on a Vees two on one and a breakaway by Wyatt Sloboshan.

Stevenson finished the first period with 22 saves. The Express had 11 shots on Adam Scheel.

The second period has been the difference maker for the Vees. It appeared to be more of the same for Penticton early in game 4. Owen Sillinger scored his first of the series on a power play at 1:22 to open the scoring.

Josh Wildauer - Photo courtesy of Damon James
Then less than a minute later Owen's younger brother Lukas rolled the puck to the net and it rolled in and the officials originally called goal. Then upon further discussion it was waved off on a kicking motion. That overturn of the original call didn't sit too kindly on the Vees bench.

Three minutes later the Express tied the game on the power play. Jonathan Sheardown's shot was deflected by Josh Wildauer on his first of the series.

Lukas Sillinger appeared to have scored again at the 13 minute mark on a rebound chance. This time the official said no goal and the call stood again to the dismay of the Vees.

Off the ensuing face-off Jonathan Sheardown was robbed on a odd-man rush and the game remained tied going into the third period.

Early in the third Clay Stevenson had some adventures playing the puck and there were a couple of occasions where he nearly got burned.

Jack MacNab - Photo courtesy of Damon James
Wyatt Sloboshan appeared to be the best candidate to break the deadlock. He had numerous breakaways, but was shutdown by Stevenson each time.

Finally Penticton broke through on a Jonny Sheardown shot that was blocked springing a 2 on 1 the other way and Taylor Ward converted the pass from Massimo Rizzo for a 2-1 Vees lead with 12 minutes to play.

As the third period ticked down the Express kept fighting for their season, but eventually the Vees held on.

Clay Stevenson should be proud with the goaltending effort he gave his team finishing with 57 saves allowing his team to battle right to the final seconds.

Penticton will face the Trail Smoke Eaters in the second round as all four Interior division series finished in sweeps. The other series will see the Vernon Vipers take on the Wenatchee Wild.

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to read these posts and visit the blog.