THE EXPRESS HISTORY
The Coquitlam Express entered the British Columbia Hockey League in 2001 under a local ownership group that includes Vancouver Canuck Alumni, Darcy Rota. The debut season finished with a 20-32-8 record and a 1st round exit at the hands of the Chilliwack Chiefs.
After 4 successful seasons, that saw future NHL players David Jones (Colorado), Brandon Yip (Nashville), Milan Lucic (Boston), Mark Dekanich (Medvešcak of the KHL; formerly of Nashville) & Andrew Ladd (Winnipeg) suit up for the Express, the team moved to Burnaby while the city renovated the Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex.
The 1st season in Burnaby, was a banner year for the franchise. The Express won the 2005/2006 RBC Cup and became national Jr. “A” Champions. Assistant Captain, Kyle Turris (Ottawa), was selected 3rd overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, making him the highest Teir II player ever selected.
Coquitlam’s team returned home to a beautifully renovated Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex in 2010 and winning the League Championship 3 seasons later in our new home. The Express are one of the most affordable, family friendly entertainment in Coquitlam and surrounding areas. Coquitlam Express Hockey – All Aboard!