Coquitlam Welcomes Home the Express

The Olympic opening ceremonies will take place today in Vancouver, and hockey is on the mind of many Canadians. Will Team Canada prevail and bring home the gold? I know I’m not the only one who hopes so, as evidenced by how quickly seats at the men’s gold medal game were snapped up. While tickets to see Olympic hockey are hard to come by, if you want to catch some up-and-coming talent there will be a far more accessible and affordable way to take in a game starting this fall.

The Junior A Express Hockey Team has played in the BCHL since the 2001/2002 season. It played its first four seasons as the Coquitlam Express at the Poirier Arena, but it moved in 2005/2006 when construction of the Chimo pool started and parking got tight. The Express spent its last 5 seasons in Burnaby, where attendance dropped to an all-time low. It has recently announced that it will be coming home to Coquitlam for the 2010/2011 season that starts in September. The team will return to the newly-renovated Poirier Arena.

Mayor Richard Stewart and Coquitlam City Council welcomed the Express Hockey Team delegation to the February 1 Council meeting, where the team’s return was formally announced.

Darcy Rota, long-time Coquitlam resident and former player with the Canucks, is President and General Manager of the Express. He wants to build on the positive relationships the Express has with the local fan base and business community, saying, “…We believe we have the winning combination for a successful return to Coquitlam. We enjoyed great success when we were in Coquitlam and had strong fan support. I want to thank Coquitlam City staff and Mayor Richard Stewart in particular, for all of their encouragement and support regarding our return.”

Side note – Jon’s dad bought him a signed Darcy Rota hockey stick when he was 7 or 8. This was a prized possession when he was a kid, and we still have it in our crawlspace. Hockey runs deep here in the V3H.

Mayor Richard Stewart echoed his sentiments, saying, “The team returns to first class facilities and what should be a strong fan base while Coquitlam citizens will get to enjoy top-notch hockey performance. I think young families will really enjoy having such a high calibre of hockey available right here in our community and with a ticket price that’s less than the cost of parking downtown.”

For more information, or to reserve priority seating for the 2010/2011 season, contact the Express office at 604.473.4625.

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