The Coquitlam Express Junior 'A' Hockey Club began their history as proud members of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) in 2001 under an ownership group of hockey enthusiasts and led by Vancouver Canuck Alumni Darcy Rota. The BCHL prides itself on the opportunities it presents to its players to earn scholarships to further their education at highly reputable US Colleges while continuing their dream of playing hockey in the National Hockey League (NHL). During the Express' first four years
in Coquitlam the team produced many players who moved on to NCAA Scholarships and later the NHL including David Jones (Colorado Avalanche), and Brandon Yip (Colorado Avalanche). In the most recent 2010-11 season the Express have currently assisted four of its players in receiving scholarships to US Colleges. These recent 4 join the clubs history of more than 30 scholarships awarded to players.
In the 2005/2006 season the Express moved to the Bill Copeland arena in Burnaby while the plans for the renovation of the Poirier Arena were set in motion. During their first season in Burnaby the Express won the league championship Fred Page Cup. The team then defeated the Fort McMurray Oil Barons, 4 games to 2, for the Doyle Cup and entered the National Championship Tournament as Pacific Region winners. The Express went on to win the 2006 Royal Bank Cup National Championship by defeating the
Yorkton Terries by a score of 8 - 2.
In 2006-07 the Express were highly regarded as a top team in the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), with the likes of Kyle Turris and Tyler McNeely on their roster. In 2007, Express player, Kyle Turris, was drafted 1st round, 3rd overall to the Phoenix Coyotes becoming the Express' most recent graduate to the NHL. To this date, Kyle Turris is the highest drafted Canadian Junior A Hockey player in history. Other Express alumni to enter into the NHL ranks include Milan Lucic (Boston Bruins) and
Andrew Ladd (Atlanta Thrashers).
The Express continued to play out of the Bill Copeland Arena in Burnaby for four more seasons before returning to their original home in Coquitlam for the 2010-11 season. The Express are pleased to be back home in Coquitlam playing out of the newly renovated Poirier Sports & Leisure Complex and look forward
to building their involvement in the local communities and playing for their home fans once again.
The Express players enjoy being involved in the Community in many different aspects including volunteering with the SHARE Foundation, their Raise a Reader programs, involvement in youth hockey development, and many more opportunities. The Express continue to spread awareness of education through their weekly Reading Visits to local Elementary schools and their Reading Card program created
to encourage literacy in today's youth.