The Coquitlam Express are a Junior "A" ice hockey team based in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. They are members of the Mainland Division of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). They play their home games at the Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex.
|City||Coquitlam, British Columbia|
|League||British Columbia Hockey League|
|Home arena||Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex|
|Colours||Black, gold, white|
|General manager||Tali Campbell|
|Head coach||Brandon Shaw|
Although the team had played in the neighbouring city of Burnaby for the previous five years, on 14 January 2010 it was announced that the BCHL Board of Governors unanimously approved the relocation of the franchise back to Coquitlam for the 2010–11 season.
The Coquitlam Express began play as a new franchise in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) for the 2001–02 hockey season, and played in the city for four seasons at the Coquitlam Sports Centre. Due to unsatisfactory conditions at the Sports Centre, specifically a reduction of parking due to the construction of a new aquatic complex next door, the team relocated to Burnaby for the 2005–06 season.
Burnaby originally had a junior "A" team by the name of the Burnaby Bulldogs, which played in that city for four seasons (1998–2001). That team relocated to the city of Port Alberni, on Vancouver Island for the start of the 2002–03 season and was renamed the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.
The 2005–06 season saw the Express win the league championship (Fred Page Cup) and the Mowat Cup by defeating the Langley Hornets in four games, the Chilliwack Chiefs in 5 games, the Victoria Salsa in 5 games, and the Penticton Vees in six games. The team then defeated the Fort McMurray Oil Barons in six games for the Doyle Cup and entered the National Championship as Pacific Region winners.
The Express won the Royal Bank Cup 2006 (National Championship) by defeating the Yorkton Terries by a score of 8–2. In the Semi-Final against the Fort William Northstars, they scored the tying goal with 12 seconds left in the third period then went on to win 3–2 in overtime. During the round-robin they had a record of 3–1, which seeded them 2nd in the Tournament, behind the hometown hosts Streetsville Derbys.
In 2006–07 the Express were highly touted as a top team in the Canadian Junior Hockey League,[by whom?] with players like Kyle Turris and Tyler McNeely. In the first round of the BCHL playoffs, the team beat the Langley Chiefs in seven games before losing to the eventual BCHL league champions Nanaimo Clippers in seven games during the second round.
The 2007 off-season saw a coaching change from Rick Lanz, a scout for the Colorado Avalanche, to Dave McLellan. The team was not very well-supported since the move from Coquitlam and struggled in attendance for the third straight year.
By 17 October 2009, the Burnaby Express were averaging just 548 fans per game, which was the second lowest attendance of the 17 teams in the BCHL at the time. This was half the attendance the team averaged in their final season in Coquitlam (1,091 fans per game). With the team in last place in the Coastal Conference, on 16 January 2010 the Express announced the firing of coach Dave McLellan. General manager Darcy Rota took over during the interim, with Bill Zaharia and Tyler Kuntz named as assistants for the remainder of the 2009–10 season. On 13 April 2010, the Express named Jon Calvano as their next head coach.
The 2010–11 season marked the Express' return to Coquitlam. They played their first game back at the newly renovated and renamed Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex on 24 September 2010, where they defeated the Surrey Eagles 4–2. Coquitlam made the playoffs for the first time in three seasons, losing in the first round to the Eagles in four games. The following year, they would again be eliminated in the first round, this time to the Powell River Kings in six games. Following the 2011–12 season, the Express named Jon Calvano as general manager on top of his existing coaching duties.
The 2012–13 season saw a great start for the Express until the team lost players to multiple injuries within a short period, including New Jersey Devils draftee Alexander Kerfoot. The team struggled for most of the latter half of the season and failed to reach the postseason for the third time in five years. Calvano was fired at the end of the season.
Barry Wolff became the team's next head coach on 22 April 2013 and led the Express to their second Fred Page Cup championship, and their first appearance in the Western Canada Cup, where they finished fourth following a 5–3 loss in the semifinal to the AJHL's Spruce Grove Saints in 2014. Wolff was named the 2014 coach of the year by the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame and the team earned team of the year honours.
The team achieved mixed success for the next couple of seasons, finishing fourth in the mainland division and eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in two consecutive seasons. The 2016–17 season again had the Express sustain many player injuries, resulting in a franchise worst 11–44–2–1 (25 points) record and finishing last in nearly every statistic. The following season continued the trend and after recording only three wins and eight points in the first half of the season, Wolff was fired and replaced with former OJHL's Toronto Patriots head coach Jason Fortier. The team turned around under Fortier until the 2019–20 season where the Express posted a franchise-best 47–9–1–1 (96 points) and won the Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy for the first time as regular season champions. Their performance over the regular season was enough to earn Fortier Coach of the Year honors for the 2019–20 season. Unfortunately, after winning their first round matchup with the Langley Rivermen, Hockey Canada cancelled the remainder of the Junior A season nationally due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, ending their run for a third league title. Fortier would leave the team in the off-season, with Dan Cioffi, coach of the BCMML's Valley West Giants, named as his replacement. He, however, would resign after coaching only 11 preseason games in the 2020–21 season,  with Adam Nugent-Hopkins, older brother of Edmonton Oiler Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, taking his place for the rest of the season.
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
|2001–02||60||20||32||—||8||230||305||48||4th, Mainland||Lost Conf. Quarterfinals, 1–4 (Chiefs)|
|2002–03||60||24||29||1||6||228||270||55||4th, Mainland||Lost Conf. Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Chiefs)|
|2003–04||60||32||26||1||1||254||212||66||2312||3rd, Mainland||Lost Conf. Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Chiefs)|
|2004–05||60||25||31||1||3||211||258||54||1421||3rd, Mainland||Lost Conf. Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Chiefs)|
|2005–06||60||34||20||1||5||231||202||74||589||2nd, Mainland||Fred Page Cup Champions|
Mowat Cup Champions
Doyle Cup Champions
Royal Bank Cup Champions
|2006–07||60||34||25||0||1||260||198||69||1232||4th, Coastal||Lost Conf. Semifinals, 3–4 (Clippers)|
|2007–08||60||33||24||0||3||218||219||69||922||4th, Coastal||Lost Conf. Quarterfinals, 2–3 (Grizzlies)|
|2008–09||60||18||35||1||6||170||245||43||829||4th, Mainland||Did not qualify|
|2009–10||60||18||36||0||6||175||256||42||878||8th, Coastal||Did not qualify|
|2010–11||60||22||28||1||9||218||253||54||594||7th, Coastal||Lost Conf. Quarterfinals, 0–4 (Eagles)|
|2011–12||60||36||19||3||2||245||204||77||626||4th, Coastal||Lost Conf. Semifinals, 2–4 (Kings)|
|2012–13||56||24||31||1||0||161||210||49||529||5th, Mainland||Did not qualify|
|2013–14||58||27||26||2||3||226||226||59||692||3rd, Mainland||Fred Page Cup Champions|
Mowat Cup Champions
4th in Western Canada Cup
|2014–15||58||25||28||1||4||218||238||55||642||4th, Mainland||Lost Div. Semifinals, 1–4 (Chiefs)|
|Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–4 (Chiefs)|
|Did not qualify|
|2017–18||58||15||38||4||1||138||210||34||677||5th of 5, Mainland
16th of 17, BCHL
|Lost Div. Quarterfinals, 0–4 (Vees)[a]|
|2018–19||58||28||24||—||6||209||198||62||640||3rd of 5, Mainland
9th of 17, BCHL
|Lost First Round, 1–4 (Spruce Kings)|
|2019–20||58||47||9||0||2||227||127||96||834||1st of 5, Mainland
1st of 17, BCHL
|Won First Round, 4–0 (Langley Rivermen)|
Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
|2020–21||20||6||11||0||3||64||93||15||298||3rd of 3, Coquitlam
14th of 16, BCHL
- cross-over to Interior Division playoff as wildcard
Awards and trophiesEdit
Cliff McNabb Memorial Trophy
Coastal Conference Champions
Mainland Division Champions
Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy
Regular Season Champions
Bob Fenton Trophy
Most Sportsmanlike (Coastal)
Bruce Allison Memorial Trophy
Rookie Of The Year (Coastal)
- Brett Supinski: 2015
- Alexander Kerfoot: 2012
- Destry Straight: 2011
- Kyle Turris: 2006
- Brett Hemingway: 2002
Brett Hull Trophy
Vern Dye Memorial Trophy
Most Valuable Player (Coastal)
- Clay Stevenson: 2020
Wally Forslund Trophy
Top Goaltending Duo
Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy
Coach of the Year
- Jason Fortier: 2020
- BCHL: Express return to Coquitlam receives go-ahead by BCHL Governors Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine 14 January 2010
- Tri-City News: BCHL Express returning to Coquitlam from Burnaby[permanent dead link] 14 January 2010
- Canada.com: BCHL OK's Express' ticket to Coquitlam[permanent dead link] 15 January 2010
- BCHL: Current Attendance Archived 2009-02-16 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 17 October 2009
- BCAHA: 2004-05 Annual Report Retrieved on 1 March 2009
- Tri-City News: Express axe coach McLellan before they hit Coquitlam[permanent dead link] 19 January 2010
- Coquitlam Express: Jon Calvano Named Coquitlam Express Head Coach Archived 2011-07-28 at the Wayback Machine 13 April 2010
- Coquitlam Expressions HEAD COACH AND GM CHANGE 21 March 2013
- Coquitlam Express EXPRESS NAME NEW HEAD COACH Archived 2014-04-16 at the Wayback Machine 22 April 2013
- "Express Head Coach, Barry Wolff Named 2014 Coach of the Year". www.coquitlamexpress.ca. Archived from the original on 2013-09-02. Retrieved 2015-06-08.
- "COACHING CHANGE FOR THE EXPRESS". www.coquitlamexpress.ca. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
- "CJHL Announces Official Cancellation For the Remainder of 2019-20 Season". cjhlhockey.com. 2020-03-31.
- "Express Name Dam Cioffi As Next Head Coach". www.coquitlamexpress.ca. 2020-04-15.
- "Dan Cioffi Steps Down As Head Coach". www.coquitlamexpress.ca. 2021-03-06.
- "Adam Nugent-Hopkins Named Interim Coach". www.coquitlamexpress.ca. 2021-03-07.
- "Tri-City News".