Thursday, August 25, 2011


On the final day of training camp before the pre-season begins, a full intersquad game for the Express was the highlight of the schedule Thursday. Head Coach Jon Calvano has cut the number of players nearly in half from nearly 60 players to about 30.

The smaller group allows the Express to work with a group more manageable consisting of players that will get a good look with the hopes of dressing opening night September 23rd vs. the Penticton Vees.

Click to here to listen to Express Forward Justin Georgeson.

A number of returning veterans are showing signs of taking their games to the next level for this season. The speed and size of some members of the defence are showing that the Express are looking to have a strong push from the backend this season.

Click to here to listen to Express Defenceman Matt Hutchinson.

Today's intersquad game saw a little frustration of battling with the same bodies over and over again over the last 3 days start to boil over. There were a pair of fights in the final 3 minutes of the game. Little Malcom Mckinney dropped the mitts in the first tilt. Moments later it was Austin Carroll dusting things up.

I'm sure every player still in camp will tell you the same thing, and that is they're looking forward to hitting someone in a Eagles, Rivermen or a Chiefs jersey opposed to someone wearing another Express sweater.

And with that in mind, the players will have plenty of chances to do just that starting tomorrow when the Express will play their first exhibition game vs. the Surrey Eagles at the Coquitlam Sports Centre at 7pm.

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