Sunday, February 17, 2013


The Coquitlam Express have a new 5 year lease agreement with the city of Coquitlam.

Here's the story courtesy of the Coquitlam Now:

Coquitlam hockey fans can keep watching high-quality hockey here at home after the Coquitlam Express and the city announced a five-year lease extension on Thursday.

The deal guarantees stability with the club at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex.

"The city wants us here and we want to be here," Express president Darcy Rota said.

"Among our eight [ownership] group, we had a desire to get something done.

"The Express organization appreciates the support from the City of Coquitlam and our fans as we continue to work at developing hockey players in reaching their goals in hockey and education and also strive to bring a championship team to Coquitlam."

The Express joined the B.C. Hockey League in 2001 where it stayed until 2005, when it relocated to Burnaby for five season. It returned in 2010.

Although the club has enjoyed limited on-ice success during its time in Coquitlam - they currently trail the final playoff spot by three points with seven games left - it has had great results when it comes to promoting hockey players to higher levels.

NHL players who played for the Express include Milan Lucic, Andrew Ladd, David Jones, Brandon Yip and Kyle Turris, while more than 22 graduates have gone on to play at universities and colleges in Canada and the U.S. over the past three seasons.

Coquitlam has worked with Tri-Cities charities such as the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation and SHARE Family Services, as well the Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association.

"The Express provide an opportunity for families to enjoy a high calibre hockey game in a great arena for less than the cost of parking downtown," said Mayor Richard Stewart.

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