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.
Regan Kimens was likely a name that was somewhat familiar to Express fans before he was acquired last offseason. He spent last season with 2 Mainland Division teams, playing for Langley and Chilliwack before he was traded to the AJHL after the Chilliwack Chiefs won the National Championship on home ice. Head Coach / GM Jason Fortier took a chance on the 19 year old from Concord, ON when he acquired him from the Bonnyville Pontiacs before the season started. I think it is safe to say the trade was a success. Kimens scored 20 goals and added 35 assists for 55 points in only 54 games, doubling his goal output from the previous season and nearly tripling the number of points.
Kimens lead the team in scoring and took home the Express Top Forward and the Player of the Game awards at the end of the season. Although if you ask Regan, his most proud accomplishment was his commitment to Merrimack College, where he will suit up starting next season,
“I am super excited to begin the next chapter of my life. I’ve been out of school for the past two years so I am eager to get back into the books. This summer I need to work on my speed and strength, it’s going to take some time getting adjusted to the next level, but I know if i am on top of my school work the hockey side will take care of itself.” -Regan Kimens
Kimens was also at the centre of one of the funniest off ice experiences of the Express season. When I asked him about what his favourite Express moment was, Kimens knew exactly how to answer the question.
” I would show up to the rink looking like Ron Burgundy with my suit and a turtleneck. But Coach Forch hated that look and wanted everyone in suits and ties. So after we beat Surrey one day, he walked in the room wearing my suit and my turtleneck with my ray bans glasses on (which he stretched out and I can never wear again), and the whole team died of laughter. It was a moment that I’m sure the entire team will never forget.”
Regan even included a photo of Coach Fortier after that win over Surrey, who if you ask me, pulled off the look flawlesly.
We wish Regan the best of luck as he heads to Merrimack College next season!