Friday, August 17, 2018


The Coquitlam Express have bolstered their goaltending position just prior to the opening of training camp next week with the acquisition of local product Kolby Matthews (99) from the Calgary Canucks of the AJHL for future considerations.

The Coquitlam native is coming off his first full season of junior hockey and is familiar to local hockey followers.

Matthews split last season with the Battlefords Northstars (SJHL) and Calgary Canucks (AJHL).

In 10 games with Battlefords, he posted a 9-1 record with a 2.46 GAA and a .911 save percentage.

On November 30, 2017 he was traded to the Calgary Canucks. In Calgary, he posted a 9-6-1 record with a 4.40 GAA and .886 save percentage. But it wasn't uncommon for Matthews to face 35+ shots per night, something he did 11 times last season posting a record of 7-3-0-1 in those games.

In the playoffs he posted a 1-3 record while facing 34+ shots per game in all 4 contests.

He has made two cameo appearances with the Express as an affiliate player playing in one game in each of the 2016-17 and 2015-16 seasons.

Kolby played his major midget hockey in Coquitlam spending two seasons with the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs of the BC Major Midget league. He posted spectacular numbers during the 2016-17 season with a 21-3 record with a stingy 1.81 GAA. His 21 wins was tops in the BCMML that season.

Matthews will be on the ice next week when the Express open training camp on Monday. They will have intra squad games during the week. Monday's game starts at 7pm at the Porier Sports and Leisure complex.

Welcome to the Express Kolby.

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.