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 hockey club located in the city of Coquitlam, British Columbia. Coquitlam is located 20 kilometres 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. Our 1st season in Burnaby was a banner year for the franchise winning the 2006 RBC Cup 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 hockey at a higher level. We pride ourselves in helping players obtain NCAA scholarships and we have a long track record of success in helping players play hockey while obtaining an education. Our focus is to recruit the right athletes, finding those who will be leaders on and off the ice. Motivated and focused players who will represent our program in a positive way and work to bring a Championship to our great city. We provide our players with all of the necessities to become better players, better people and assistance in chasing their dreams.
*Full time coaching staff
*We have 6 to 7 ice slots each week for practice and skills (Development is a priority)
*Team Strength and Nutrition Coach – 2 to 3 team specialized workouts per week and each player receives a fitness pass to on site fitness center
*TEAM STICKS – We provide ALL players receive Bauer Nexus sticks for the season
*Team equipment – Bauer (pants, helmet, gloves, visor)
*Healthy meals for all games and meals on the road paid by the club
*Highly rated goalie coach that does 1 private session weekly and 1 session with team plus games
*Video review of games, video teachings and coaching instruction daily
*Video is HD quality for parents and scouts to view games online
*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
*Team educational advisor with 15 yrs experience
*NCAA college promotion program
*Team scouts across North America
Recent University and College Commitments
Our track record for promoting and graduating players to Colleges is a priority. We strive to prepare our players for success moving forward in life and athletics. Our list of alumni is extensive and is in the hundreds.
Sam Kozlowski – committed to RIT (NCAA Div. 1)
David Giunta – committed to Bentley University (NCAA Div. 1)
Blake Hayward – committed to Union College (NCAA Div. 1)
Erik Udahl – committed to Boston University (NCAA Div. 1)
Owen Stout – committed to RPI (NCAA Div. 1)
Mitch Newsome – committed to Michigan Tech University (NCAA Div. 1)
Alex Ambrosio – committed to Lake Superior State University (NCAA Div. 1)
Eric Linell – committed to University of Connecticut (NCAA Div. 1)
Jack MacNab – committed to Notre Dame (NCAA Div. 1)
Jordan Schulting – committed to UMass Lowell (NCAA Div. 1)
Clay Stevenson – committed to Dartmouth (NCAA Div. 1)
Nic Holowko – committed to Simon Fraser University CIS
Taylor Green – committed to Mount Royal University CIS
Nick Coltura – committed to University of Nevada Las Vegas ACHA
Jackson Cressey – committed to Princeton University (NCAA Div 1)
Mathew Michie – committed to Royal Military College CIS
Charlie Barrow – committed to Holy Cross (NCAA Div 1)
Colton Kerfoot – committed to Harvard University (NCAA Div 1)
Jack Surowiec – committed to Holy Cross (NCAA Div 1)
Austin McIlmurray – committed to Sacred Heart (NCAA Div 1)
Tyger Howat – committed to Northern Michigan University (NCAA Div 1)