by Jacob Lazare |
As we continue through the offseason, it is time to take a look back at the season that was. The “Moving On” series will showcase all of our graduating players as they prepare for the next step in their hockey journeys and lives.
In 2017/18, Eric Linell led the Express in scoring with 28 goals. When he was traded this past offseason to the Surrey Eagles, Chase Danol was the key piece coming back. The Livonia, Michigan native thrived in black and yellow. Versatility was an asset, as Danol played on every line and in every situation throughout the season.
When Danol caught fire, he was able to score seemingly at will. He ended the season with a pair of hat tricks (with one coming in the playoffs ), and an impressive 11 goal run through 14 games in late September through October.
“The best moment of the season for me was the playoff hattrick against Prince George when we beat them 3-0. It was their only loss of the playoffs, so it is a game I definitely won’t forget,” – Chase Danol
A Bowling Green Falcons commit, Danol feels he ready for the jump to NCAA hockey after his progression on the ice in 2 seasons in the BCHL. But off the ice, Danol is leaving behind a lasting impression on the community. He was awarded our Community Involvement Awards for his willingness to volunteer his time for others. Chase loved giving back to the kids and was always one of the most popular Express players during minor hockey practice visits or post game community skates. When a community event was posted outside of the Express locker room this season, #17 DANOL was almost always written at the top of the list.
While Danol only spent a season in Coquitlam, Danol connected with the team and community. His words of wisdom for potential future Express players, be positive because the coaching staff is there to help you become not only a better hockey player, but a better person too.
“I loved that no matter what situation you were in, whether bad or good, you could always turn to someone on the team or the coaches to talk about anything. The coaches were always there to listen. The way we were treated here was second to none. Day in and day out you could really tell that everyone cared about you and your betterment as a player and person.”
We wish Chase the best of luck at Bowling Green University as he continues his hockey career!