The 6'3" 205 lbs Robillard was born and raised in Coquitlam and has spent the past 3 seasons with the Express. The coaching staff believes that Robillard was the easy choice. Coach Fortier stated "We spoke to our returning players and new recruits, after a brief chat they unanimously chose Troy to lead them this season. He is a motivated athlete that has the character and discipline to be successful in life. We all believe Troy will help us raise the standard and create a new culture. Alex Ambrosio was our past captain and did a great job so we are looking for Troy to build from which the passion Alex brought and create his own style."
"I am extremely honored and grateful for this opportunity and to have the support and respect from teammates and staff, means a great deal to me. When the coaches announced my name, it was a surreal feeling. They explained their decision and made it very clear that being a good teammate and someone who puts the teams needs ahead of my own will be my priority." said Robillard about today's announcement.
"All players want respect and belief in their abilities from coaches but for our staff to recognize Troy, and appreciate his values, the way he carries himself and how he treats others is something his family has made an obvious impact raising him." added Fortier.
When asked about expectations and where the newly appointed captain Robillard sees the Express this year, he responded optimistically "The staff did a very good job from organization, expectations and making sure camp was competitive. From the minute training camp began, the veterans were all really excited and it was a different camp than we had in the past. To get better everyday is something our coaches have preached and our expectations for the season are high. I don't want to put a number on where we finish because coaches are preaching that the results will come if we improve our habits and focus on what is needed to be successful. We are working to create a new standard for Express Hockey and I think we are going to surprise a lot of people."
The Coquitlam Express begin their 2018-19 regular season next Friday September 7 against the Surrey Eagles on the road at the South Surrey Arena.