Friday, March 22, 2013


Thursday we learned that the Coquitlam Express made a change in regards to the General Manager and Head Coach position relieving Jon Calvano of his duties.

He leaves the club after serving the Express for three seasons from 2010-13. His first two seasons he served as the Head Coach for the Express. He added the title of General Manager to his responsibilities prior to the 2012-13 season.

Calvano guided the Express to the playoffs in his first two seasons with the Express after the club missed the playoffs in it's previous two seasons which were played in Burnaby. In 2010-11 he guided the Express to a 22-28-1-9 record for a 7th place finish in the Coastal Conference. In the playoffs the Express were eliminated in 4 games by the Surrey Eagles in the first round.

The next season 2011-12 the Express made a 14 win improvement by posting a 36-19-3-2 record and a 4th place finish in the Coastal Conference.  The Express set franchise records for most wins and points in a season and fewest losses in a season. In the playoffs the Express were eliminated in the Coastal Conference semi finals in 6 games by the Powell River Kings.

In 2012-13 the Express started with the best start in franchise history at 4-0 and were 8-3-1 in their first 12 games. Then injuries began to take their toll on the Express and they ended up finishing with a 24-31-1-0 record for 49 points in 56 games finishing 5 points back of the Langley Rivermen for 4th place and the final playoff spot in the Mainland division. It was the first time under the three seasons Jon Calvano guided the Express that they missed the playoffs. And the third time in the 12 year history of the franchise the Express missed the playoffs.

The Express are in the process of working through their shortlist of candidates for a new Head Coach with an announcement expected to come in the next few weeks.

I've had a chance in the last two days to speak with both Jon Calvano and Coquitlam Express President Darcy Rota about the decision by the Express to make a coaching change.

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