THE EXPRESS VISION
Express Mission: Our goal is to create an environment that fosters the learning and development of young athletes through coaching, motivation and leadership to promote the achievement of athletic and academic goals while allowing players to mature and make a positive impact inside and outside the world of hockey.
The Coquitlam Express is a Jr. A Tier II hockey club located in the city of Coquitlam, British Columbia. Coquitlam is located 20 kilometers east of downtown Vancouver. We compete in the BCHL, which has the distinction of being Canada’s top Jr. A league in the Canadian Junior A Hockey League.
The club entered the BCHL in 2001, and after 4 successful seasons which saw the team begin their climb to the top ranks in the BCHL, the team moved to Burnaby while the City of Coquitlam renovated our home arena, the Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex. The 1st season in Burnaby was a banner year for the franchise. The Express won the 2006 RBC Cup and became National Jr. “A” Champions. Assistant Captain, Kyle Turris, was selected 3rd overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, making him the highest Jr. A player ever selected.
In 2010, Coquitlam’s team returned home to a beautifully renovated Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex and in 2014 we captured the BCHL Championship. We are looking forward to continued success and plan to add another banner to the rafters.
The Express has helped many players begin their journey to the NHL. Our most recent NHL draft pick is Alex Kerfoot who graduated with the Express and captained Harvard University. He currently plays in the NHL for Colorado. Since 2001 the following NHL players have worn the Express logo;
*Milan Lucic – Edmonton Oilers
*Kyle Turris – Nashville Predators
*Patrick Weircioch – Ottawa Senators
*Mark Dekanich – Nashville Predators
*Andrew Ladd – New York Islanders
*David Jones – Colorado Avalanche
*Brandon Yip – Colorado Avalanche
*Matthew Barzal – New York Islanders
*Alex Kerfoot – Colorado Avalanche
*Brad Hunt – Las Vegas Golden Knights
Coquitlam Express Hockey – All Aboard!
We run a full time hockey program similar to that of an NCAA or CHL program. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for players to strive towards their goals and gain opportunities to pursue playing at a higher level. Our mission is to build a College like program, seeking the right motivated athletes, that will represent our city and strive to bring a Championship to our great city. We provide our players with all of the necessities to become better players, better people all while enjoying to play the game and chasing their dreams.
*Full time coaching staff
*Video review of games, video teachings and coaching instruction daily
*Ice time daily, pre-game skates and skill development sessions
*Highly rated goalie coach that does 1 private session weekly and 1 session with team plus games
*We provide gym memberships to all players
*Therapists at all practices and games plus chiropractic services
*Access to excellent medical facilities
*First Aid Responders at every game
*Chartered coach bus to ALL away games
*Healthy meals for all games and meals on the road paid by the club
*Team Strength and Nutrition Coach – 2 to 3 team specialized workouts per week
*TEAM STICKS – We provide ALL players receive Bauer Nexus sticks
*Team equipment – Bauer (pants, helmets, gloves, visors)
*Team educational adviser with 15 yrs experience
*NCAA college promotion program
*Team scouts across North America