Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Photo courtesy of Garrett James
Head Coach and GM Barry Wolff continues the process of building the 2016-17 Express.

After adding Domenic Masellis from Penticton last week, Wednesday Wolff added more BCHL experience to the blueline by acquiring Malik Kaila (96) from the Merritt Centennials in exchange for future considerations.

The Squamish native will be a 20 year old next season and will be entering his fourth and final season in the BCHL. Kaila served as Centennials captain in 2015-16 and was also named the team’s Most Dedicated Player at the 2016 post-season awards.

He's dressed for 131 career BCHL goals with 1 goal and 19 assists for 20 career points. In 15-16 he dressed for 54 games with 8 assists. Kaila amassed 51 minutes in penalties last season and 170 in his BCHL career. He weighs in at 190lbs while standing at 6'1.

Now with the additions of Kaila and Masellis the Express have added 279 career games in BCHL experience to next years blueline in the span of just over a week.

Welcome to the Express Malik. 

Friday, June 17, 2016


Photo courtesy of Garrett James
The Coquitlam Express have added some size and experience for their blueline for next season.

They have acquired defenceman Domenic Masellis (97) from the Penticton Vees for future considerations.

The Burnaby native stands at 6'3 and weighs in 225 pounds. He will be entering his fourth BCHL season next year in 2016-17.

Masellis has 148 career BCHL games mostly played in the Lower Mainland with the Surrey Eagles and Langley Rivermen. The Vees acquired Masellis in November 2015 and in 47 games last season with Langley and Penticton he had 1 goal and 7 assists for 8 points.

In his career he has 3 goals and 13 assists for 18 points with 203 penalty minutes. He's also dressed in 20 career BCHL playoff games, making the post season in each of his first three years in the BCHL.

Welcome to the Express Domenic.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


It's been more than a year since Corey Mackin played his last game in an Express uniform. But the honors still keep coming in.

The Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame has named Mackin as their 2015 Senior Male athlete of the year.

The Philadelphia Pennsylvania native played two seasons with the Express from 2013-15. In his first year with the Express he helped the team win their second Fred Page cup BCHL championship.

The next year he would light up scoreboards around the BCHL. He would dress for all 58 games and lead the league in scoring with 50 goals and 54 assists for 104 points. Mackin would become just the third player in Express franchise history to score 50 goals in a season. It was the first time that an Express player who played in Coquitlam scored 50 goals in a season. The previous two players to do it Kyle Turris and Brodie Reid did it when the franchise was located in Burnaby.

Mackin's season was recognized by the BCHL by winning the Vern Dye award as league MVP and the Brett Hull trophy as the BCHL's top scorer. The 104 points Mackin registered in 14-15 is tied with Tyler McNeely for the second most points by a player in Express franchise history. He's also the second player in team history to win a BCHL scoring title joining Carlo Finucci who had 102 points in 2008.

In addition to recognition for his season by the BCHL, Mackin was honored nationally by being awarded the MVP and Top Forward by the Canadian Junior Hockey League.

In two seasons with the Express Mackin compiled 74 goals and 80 assists for 154 points in 115 games.

This past season Mackin completed his first season in the NCAA with Ferris State. He continued his success on the ice winning the WCHA rookie of the year award after 10 goals and 25 points in 41 games. Mackin's Bulldogs also won the WCHA championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament.

It's the second straight year a member of the Express have been honored by the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame. Head Coach Barry Wolff was named the 2014 Coach of the year.

Congratulations Corey.

Sunday, June 5, 2016


Mat Michie with his grandfather Sandy.
Forward Mat Michie (95) has committed to Royal Military college for next season.

The 21 year old Port Coquitlam native played his one and only season with the Express during the 2015-16 season. He dressed for 55 games tallying 13 points, but made more of an impact with his leadership and physical play. Michie served as an assistant captain.

His in your face style made him a very difficult opponent to play against. He wasn't afraid to get under the skin of his opponents. His style lead to Michie finishing with 144 penalty minutes which was tops in the BCHL. Michie along with teammate Jack Surowiec was named the Express' unsung hero last season.

Prior to his time with the Express, Michie played two seasons with the Walpole Express of the EHL in Walpole Massachusetts.

The Michie name has plenty of history with hockey in Coquitlam. Mat's grandfather Sandy ran the Coquitlam Comets that played Junior A & B from the 60's through to the early 80's.

Royal Military College is located in Kingston Ontario and plays in the OUAA of the CIS.

Congratulations Mat.

Monday, April 18, 2016


Photo courtesy of Damon James
The Coquitlam Express are pleased to announce that defenseman Taylor Green (95) has committed to Mount Royal University (CIS) in Calgary.

Green recently completed a four year junior career in both the WHL and BCHL. He spent most of his first three years of junior hockey in the WHL with Seattle, Brandon and Moose Jaw dressing in 144 games with 4 goals and 17 assists for 21 points.

He completed his junior career in the BCHL with the Nanaimo Clippers and Coquitlam Express. The majority of his 83 games in the BCHL were with the Express where he dressed for 76 games.

The Port Coquitlam native was acquired by the Express from Nanaimo in January 2015 for future considerations. He finished the 2014-15 season with an offensive flurry with 4 goals and 9 points in 18 games. His four goals to end the season were the most by an Express defenseman that season going forward from the time he was acquired.

In his final season of junior hockey, the 6'7 defenseman would enjoy his finest year in 2015-16. He would be named an alternate captain prior to the season. He logged valuable minutes every night matching up against the oppositions best players and combined his size and smooth skating ability to be a very effective defender.

He dressed for all 58 games in 2015-16, he finished tied for the team lead in scoring among defenseman with 6 goals and 31 assists for 37 points. His 31 helpers led all Express blue liners. At the end of the season Green was recognized as the Express' top defenceman. He also appeared in 9 career playoff games in an Express uniform. In 76 career games with the Express he had 10 goals and 36 assists for 46 points.

Congratulations Taylor.

Monday, March 28, 2016


The frozen four teams were determined this weekend with the regional play downs.

There were a number Express alumni playing this past weekend in win and you move on games in the NCAA tournament.


The number 1 team in the country the Bobcats are the only team featuring Express alumni that have moved on to Tampa Bay.

The weekend started for Bo Pieper and company started Saturday with a  4-0 win over RIT in the East Regional semi final. Click here for video highlights.  Click here for boxscore

Former Penticton Vee Travis St. Denis and former Chilliwack Chief Scott Davidson was among the goal scorers. Former Surrey Eagle Devon Toews had three assists. Michael Gartieg the former Penticton Vee made 27 saves for the shutout.

In the East Regional final Qunnipiac punched their second trip to the Frozen Four in four years with a 4-1 win over UMass Lowell. Click here for NCAA story Click here for video highlights

Scott Davidson scored for a second straight game. Bo Pieper had 1 shot and was a +1. Devon Toews was a +4. Michael Gartieg needed to only make 14 saves.

Qunnipiac will face Boston College Thursday April 7th at 2pm. Catch the game on TSN2.

Other Express alums on Qunnipiac are Bo's brother Canon who's only played two games this season and none since October. Daniel Fritz hasn't played all season.


It's been a successful first college season for Corey Mackin who was the WCHA rookie of the year. He along with teammate and Burnaby Express alum Simon Denis won the WCHA championship. For Denis he was a sentimental story playing in his 5th season of college hockey after missing a significant amount of time during his college career with a neck injury.

Ferris State opened their NCAA tournament taking on St. Cloud State. It was a back and forth game that saw Ferris State advance 5-4 in overtime. Click here for boxscore Click here for video highlights

Ferris State had leads of 2-1 after 1 period and 4-2 after two periods. St. Cloud State forced overtime with two goals in the third period. Former Penticton Vee Joey Benik tied the game at four.

It only took 18 seconds of overtime hockey for Ferris State to advance on a goal by Jared Vanwormer.

Ferris State faced Denver in the West Regional final. This was another back and forth game that saw Denver ultimately advance by a 6-3 score. Click here for boxscore Click here for video highlights

Corey Mackin was among the Ferris State goal scorers in the first period. He finished the game with one goal and one assist.

Denver will face North Dakota in the second Frozen Four game Thursday April 7th at 5:30 PM.

The championship game will be played Saturday April 9th. Click here for NCAA tournament bracket.

In other NCAA tournament games featuring teams with Express alumni on the roster, Ryan Rosenthal's Northeastern Huskies fell 6-2 to North Dakota Friday in a Midwest Regional semi final. Rosenthal didn't play.

Alexander Kerfoot and Harvard University fell 4-1 to Boston College in a Northeast Regional semi final Friday. Next season Alexander and Colton Kerfoot will be teammates at Harvard. The older Kerfoot will dress in his senior season.

Boston University was eliminated by Denver 7-2 in a West Regional semi final Saturday. Eric Udahl didn't dress for a single game with BU after leaving the Express mid-season for BU during the Christmas break.

Friday, March 25, 2016


Photo courtesy of Damon James
The Coquitlam Express are very proud to announce that goaltender Tyger Howat (95) has committed to Northern Michigan University for the fall of 2016.

The commitment allows the Brighton Michigan native to play college hockey in his home state. This season with the Express Howat posted a 9-12-1 record in 25 games with a 3.80 GAA and .909 save percentage. He also appeared in one playoff game. Howat also played in 13 games with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs during the 2013-14 season.

Photo courtesy of Damon James
"We're extremely proud of Tyger, and seeing him get this opportunity is a huge feather in Tyger's cap. He's faced a lot of adversity in his junior career and he just kept pushing forward every time there was a road block. His continued perseverence and ability to stay focused on his goals is all something we can learn from and something Tyger should be very proud of." Said Express Head Coach and GM Barry Wolff.

"I would like to thank the Express coaching staff, Barry Wolff, Rob Boyd and goalie coach Joey Ali for making my 20 year old year a memorable one. Getting an opportunity to return to play in the BCHL was everything I thought it would be. I am very thankful for the opportunity to continue my development which led to this Northern Michigan opportunity. I can not thank them enough. Said Tyger Howat.

Northern Michigan plays in the WCHA conference and are located in Marquette Michigan.