Saturday, July 5, 2014

EXPRESS 2014-15 SCHEDULE RELEASED



The full BCHL schedule has now been released. The dates for the 3rd annual Bauer BCHL showcase in Chilliwack were released last week with the Express will beginning their defence of their 2nd Fred Page Cup championship Friday September 19th a road game vs. the West Kelowna Warriors.

The Coquitlam faithful will see their team at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre for the first time since they defeated the Vernon Vipers in game 4 of the Fred Page cup final in April when they host the Prince George Spruce Kings in the home opener Friday September 26th. It's the first of a pair of visits on consecutive nights for Prince George as they get re-acquainted with the defending champions for the first time since their 1st round playoff meeting that saw the Express advance in 6 games.

The Express have a great opportunity to get off to a good start on home ice with 5 consecutive games played at the Palace on Poirier following the showcase. As part of the early season home stand, the Express will play their second round playoff opponent the Langley Rivermen on Friday October 3rd.

The schedule then begins to balance out for the Express who will play 7 of their next 8 games on the road. The only home game is the front end of a home and home series with the Chilliwack Chiefs on Saturday October 17th. That is followed by 4 consecutive road games vs. Mainland division opponents Chilliwack, Langley and back to back games in Surrey on October 19th and 24th.

Coquitlam and their mainland division rivals will get very familiar with one another in October and November.

The Express will play 8 games within the division in October.

From October 17th until November 12th the Express will play 11 of 12 games against Mainland division clubs (6 road, 5 home). They will see Surrey 4 times, Chilliwack 3 times,  Langley twice and Prince George once.

Here's the breakdown by division.

Vs. Mainland division opponents 34 games.

Vs. Interior division opponents 14 games (1 home, 1 away) *Plus one additional game vs. West Kelowna (A) and Trail (H) at the Bauer BCHL showcase.

Vs. Island division opponents 10 games (1 home, 1 away).

The Express will play Langley and Surrey 8 times. And have 9 games vs. Chilliwack (4 home, 5 away) and Prince George (4 home, 5 away).

With the 5 road games vs. the Spruce Kings, it means the Express will be making 3 separate trips up north this season. They will visit for a pair of games on November 28th and 29th and February 6th and 7th. They will also have a Sunday afternoon visit on January 18th. The night before Saturday January 17th will be the first meeting between the Express and the Vernon Vipers since the Fred Page cup final. Vernon will visit the Express on Friday January 23rd.

The Express will have a 4 game home stand just before their season finale on Saturday February 28th in Chilliwack.

Three times this season the Express will have Friday/Saturday home and home series with the Chiefs. They all will start on the Friday in Coquitlam and concluding the next night in Chilliwack. They will take place on October 17th/18th, November 21st/22nd, and February 27th/28th to conclude the season.

Five times the Express will play three games on three consecutive days. They will also play three games in four nights on Family day weekend with a Monday afternoon matinee in Surrey on February 9th. That game is on the heals of a pair of games in Prince George Friday and Saturday night.

Here are some highlights of the schedule.

Season opener Friday September 19th vs. West Kelowna in Chilliwack at Bauer BCHL showcase.

Home opener Friday September 26th vs. Prince George.

Home and home with the Penticton Vees Wednesday January 7th in Penticton, January 9th in Coquitlam.

Click here for the full 2014-15 Express schedule 
Monday, June 30, 2014

FORMER EXPRESS CAROLL DRAFTED BY FLAMES

Austin Caroll who played for the Express during the 2010-11 season, and spent the last two seasons with the Victoria Royals of the WHL, was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 7th round 184th overall on day two of the 2014 NHL draft Saturday.

Carroll came to the Express part way through the 2010-11 season playing in 42 games and scoring 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points. He also dressed for 4 playoff games. Following the season he joined a group of players that represented Canada and the BCHL and the Region Centre Cup just outside of Moscow Russia where he helped the team to a second place finish.

He spent the last two seasons with the Victoria Royals of the WHL. He scored 57 goals and 119 points in 199 games. He's coming of a 34 goal season this past season. He also has 8 goals and 12 points in 17 WHL games.

Congratulations Austin.

Click here to read a great story on Austin's excitement about learning he was picked by the Flames.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

BCHL SHOWCASE SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED


We know the date when the rest of the BCHL will begin to officially take a run at the 2014 Fred Page Cup champion Coquitlam Express with the announcement of the schedule for the 3rd annual Bauer BCHL showcase in Chilliwack.

The Express will begin the defence of their crown on Friday September 19th in a road game vs. the West Kelowna Warriors in the secondary rink at 7pm.

The next day Saturday the 20th the Express will be the home team vs. the Trail Smoke Eaters at high noon in the main rink.

Click here for the full Bauer BCHL showcase schedule

All Bauer BCHL showcase games will count in the regular season standings. The Express will also play a home and an away game in Coquitlam and on the road vs. West Kelowna and Trail.

The rest of the BCHL schedule should be announced shortly. Stay tuned. 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

DEFIEL TO LAKE SUPERIOR STATE

Photo Courtesy of Tri Cities Now.
Goaltender Gordie Defiel has committed to Lake Superior State University for the 2014-15 season.

Moving on to an NCAA school is a great reward for a goaltender who has shown a championship pedigree in his final two seasons of junior hockey.

He was acquired by the Express just prior to the 2013-14 season from the Brooks Bandits (AJHL) in exchange for goaltender Daniel Urbani, forward Garrett Forster and the defenceman Bryce Eviston.

During the regular season he posted a 20-21-1 record with a 3.69 GAA and .887 save percentage.

The Stillwater Minnesota native raised his game in the post season posting a 14-5 record with a 2.69 GAA and .922 save percentage with one shutout while backstopping the Express to their second Fred Page cup BCHL championship.

At the 2014 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup in Dauphin Manitoba Defiel posted a 2-3 record with a 3.21 GAA with a .913 save percentage.

Prior to coming to the Express Defiel played with the Minnesota Wilderness (SIJHL) during the 2012-13 season. He guided the Wilderness to an SIJHL championship and a berth in the RBC cup semi final.

Congratulations Gordie.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

ROSENTHAL TO ATTEND DEVILS CAMP

Coming off a season where he captained the Coquitlam Express to the BCHL title and earned an NCAA Division I scholarship to Northeastern University, Ryan Rosenthal has another impressive line to add to his hockey resume.
He'll be attending New Jersey Devils development camp this summer.
A native of Montvale, N.J., the chance to show his hockey skills for the team he followed growing up is a dream come true.
"I've always been a Devils fan," said Rosenthal. "Patrik Elias was always my favourite player, I liked watching Scott Stevens... and Zach Parise before he left.
"Having a homegrown kid is probably pretty special for them, and for me too obviously."
This was Rosenthal's first and only BCHL season. He spent last year at the University of Vermont but after getting sparse playing time, he opted to come to the BCHL in hopes of earning another NCAA opportunity. He did that and also drew increasing interest from NHL clubs as the BCHL season went along.
"For most of the playoffs, Wolffie (Express head coach Barry Wolff) and (team president) Darcy Rota were talking to me about NHL teams having interest," said Rosenthal, adding the Vancouver Canucks were another club looking closely at him. "(Devils president and general manager) Lou Lamoriello was talking to my family advisor and Glen Dirks, the regional scout, called me and told me to stay in shape and be ready to go."
Rosenthal led the Express in goals in the regular season with 34 and led the team in playoff scoring with 22 points in 19 games. He says the BCHL was the ideal place to showcase his skills.
"It's just been an amazing year, I couldn't expect anything more," he said. "I got to play in a ton of games and a ton of situations. Wolffie did so much for me; I owe a lot to the BCHL and the Express."

Sunday, May 4, 2014

MILAN LUCIC BEST WISHES


During the Western Canada Cup Express alumni and current Boston Bruin Milan Lucic recorded a special message for the Coquitlam Express. It was played for the boys in the dressing room just prior to the boys hitting the ice vs. the Spruce Grove Saints Saturday.


Saturday, May 3, 2014

EXPRESS SEASON COMES TO AN END VS. SAINTS

All photos courtesy of Todd Pederson:

Like the tournament for the Express, Saturday's do or die game vs. Spruce Grove started well, but ended in disappointment.

The Express got things rolling just a minute in when Zach Hodder scored on a power play goal to open the scoring.

The train kept rolling along at 4:15 with Cody Boyd scoring on a backhand beating Kenny Cameron.

At the other end it was about the close calls for the Saints as they rang three shots off the post and crossbar. The best chance of them all was a wide open for net for Jarid Hauptman who had Gordie Defiel at his mercy in the final minute of the first period.

The game started turning in the Saints favor in the second period as they got going on a breakaway goal by Tristen Sieben.

That was followed by a power play goal by Cameron Hughes beating Gordie Defiel up high. 2:26 later it was 3-2 Saints when Dylan Hollman scored on the rebound of a Hauptman shot.

Spruce Grove's rally carried into the third as they capped off a run of 5 unanswered goals on strikes by Jake Mykituk and Carson Samoridny.

Canon Pieper scored what would turn out to be the final goal of the Express season tipping a Marc Biega shot on the power play.

Spruce Grove outshot the Express 38-25. They will play the loser of tonight's championship game for the 2nd berth in the RBC Cup.

The Express finished the Western Canada Cup by losing their final 3 games after opening the event with a pair of wins vs. Spruce Grove and Winnipeg.

This edition of the Express created a lot of happy memories with their Fred Page Cup run and a berth in the Western Canada Cup. Congrats to all the players and coaches who put in a lot of hours from the summer to today and all their sacrifice to get this team to this point. We all cherished watching this team this year and being witness to something special.

Once the sting of the season coming to an end starts to wear off, the players will soon realize what a special season that this was when they reflect on the 2013-14 edition of the Coquitlam Express.

Thank you to everyone in the Express organization for making be a small part of it. And I can't express my gratitude enough for the team bringing me to Dauphin with the team. I have enjoyed every second of my time here. To the folks of Dauphin, you have given us all first class treatment making sure our every need was taken care of.