Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Kolby Matthews faced 36 shots - Photo courtesy of Damon James
The 2016 BCHL exhibition kicked off Wednesday night. The Express played host to the Langley Rivermen and it was the visitors coming away with a 5-2 win.

B. Szabados & M. Sande
Photo courtesy of Damon James
Veterans Cam Bertsch and Owen Stout had some of the better scoring chances for the Express in the first period with Bertsch getting stopped on a bang bang play by Bo Didur. Then Owen Stout hit the post on a breakaway.

Langley had the only goal of the first period and the Rivermen outshot the Express 9-8.

The visitors in the first half of the second period looked to expand their lead, but Express netminder Kolby Matthews made some of his best saves of the game on a 2 on 1, a rebound chance coming to his left and a deflection.

Veteran Bo Didur got the start for Langley and was perfect in his 30 minutes of action.

12 minutes into the second period Angus Crookshank found a loose puck and scored for a 2-0 Rivermen lead.

Just under two minutes later the Express hit the scoreboard on a power play goal by Brady Szabados re-directing a Michael Sande point shot.

Arsh Bains - Photo courtesy of Damon James
The Rivermen quickly responded to re-store their two goal lead and it was 3-1 through two periods.

Brendan Prappas midway through the third period again pulled the Express within one on a breakaway goal beating Zakery Myrowich.

Satchel Clendennin and Brendan Budy rounded out the scoring for the Rivermen who outshot the Express 36-25.

The Express were 1 for 5 on the power play while Langley went 1 for 3.

Cam Bertsch, Blake Hayward, Owen Stout and Alex Ambrosio were the returning veterans in their lineup in the exhibition opener.

The teams will meet again Thursday night at the Langley Sportsplex. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016


The Express will open their training camp for the 2016-17 season Monday at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre.

Here's their full exhibition schedule leading up to the start of the regular season September 9th in Surrey.

Wednesday Aug. 24 home vs. Langley Rivermen (Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre) 7pm

Thursday Aug. 25 @ Langley Rivermen (Langley Sportsplex) 7pm

Friday and Saturday Aug. 26 & 27 @ Wenatchee Wild

Tuesday Aug. 30 @ Chilliwack Chiefs (Game played in Hope)

Friday Sep. 2 vs. Surrey (Port Coquitlam Rec. Centre)

Friday, August 5, 2016


Coquitlam Express Head Coach and GM Barry Wolff is going back to the World Junior A Challenge. This time around he will guide Team Canada West as the Head Coach.

The 2016 World Junior A Challenge will be played in Bonnyville, Alberta from December 11th-17th.

This will be the third time that Wolff will serve on the coaching staff for Team Canada West. But this will be the first time he will be the Head Coach.

He served as an assistant coach in 2010 and at last years event helping Team Canada West win the gold medal. Barry also served as a guest coach and talent evaluator in preparation leading up to the 2014 World Junior A Challenge for Team Canada West. 

“It is a great honor to be selected as the Head Coach of Team Canada West and I look forward to working with the elite level players and a great staff, said Barry Wolff. I am excited for this opportunity to represent Canada again at the World Junior A Challenge.”

Click here for the full press release from the CJHL

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Getting caught up on the Express upcoming schedule for the 2016-17 season.

Changes to the BCHL website recently prevent seeing the full schedule on one web page.

Links to each month.

September, October, November, December, January, February

Similar to last year the Express will spend the month of September on the road. It will start with a pair of games September 9th and 10th in Surrey and Langley. Then visits to Vernon and Salmon Arm.

The showcase will follow in Chilliwack with the Express being the home team on Thursday September 22nd vs. the defending RBC cup champion West Kelowna Warriors at 1pm. Then two days later the Express will play in the secondary rink at 3pm as the road team vs. the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. That game is one of only two total games at the showcase to be played in the secondary arena.

The Express will have a full home and home with West Kelowna and Alberni Valley this season in addition to the two showcase meetings.

The following weekend will see the Express head to the Island for a three game swing in Victoria, Nanaimo and Alberni Valley. That will complete the first 10 games of the season before the Express will play their home opener Friday October 7th vs. the Langley Rivermen in the first of a home and home. That will be followed by a visit next Thursday to Surrey. All told the Express will play 11 of their first 12 games away from the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre.

That will be followed by a 5 game home stand which includes the only regular season visit from the RBC cup champion West Kelowna Warriors on Wednesday October 19th.

Following the home stand the Express head to Prince George for two visits up north this season. They will play a pair of games October 28th and 29th. And they will have a single visit Friday November 25th. Like last year there will be a quick turnaround for the Express after a game in Prince George to come back to the Mainland for a home game the next night vs. Vernon.

Other notes from the schedule include:

The Express will play a total of 34 of their 58 games against Mainland division opponents. 7 each vs. Surrey, Langley, Chilliwack, Wenatchee and 6 vs. Prince George.

They will play 4 road and 3 home vs. Chilliwack and Langley. And 4 home and 3 road vs. Surrey and Wenatchee. And 6 vs. Prince George three home and away.

January shapes up to be a very busy month with a total of 14 games (7 home, 7 away) played in 25 nights from the 4th to
the 28th.

Among those 14 games it will include back to back weekends with three games on three consecutive days. That includes a trip to Powell River and Cowichan Valley. As January draws to a close the Express will play a 4 game home stand.

They will open February with a pair of games in the interior vs. Trail and West Kelowna. Those two games will be last significant travel the Express will have after January 16th in Wenatchee. To conclude the regular season the Express will finish with a four game home stand concluding February 24th vs. Prince George.

Monday, June 27, 2016


Defenceman Nick Coltura (95) has committed to the University of Las Vegas for next season.

The Maple Ridge native played two seasons with the Express dressing in 65 games with 3 goals and 11 assists for 14 points. He also played in all 4 playoff games in the 2016 playoffs. Injuries limited Coltura to just 24 games last season where he had 3 goals and 1 assists totaling 4 points.

UNLV is a Division II program as part of the ACHA and plays in the Mountain West Colligate Hockey League and played it's first season in that league in 2015-16 season.

With the addition of Coltura, last season's Express team has 10 players who have committed to college for next year or the fall of 2017.

Congratulations Nick. 

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.