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Burnaby Express
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City Burnaby, British Columbia
League British Columbia Hockey League
Founded 2001
Home Arena Bill Copeland Sports Centre
Colours Black, Red, and White
Coach Dave McLellan
GM Dave McLellan
Assistant Coach Jason Fothergill
Assistant Coach Dan Cioffi

The Burnaby Express are a Canadian Junior "A" ice hockey team from Burnaby, British Columbia. They are a part of the British Columbia Hockey League and play in the Coastal Conference.

Coquitlam Express 2001-05
Burnaby Express 2005-present

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History

Burnaby originally had a junior "A" team by the name of the Burnaby Bulldogs, which played in that city for 4 seasons (1998 - 2001). That team relocated to the city of Port Alberni, on Vancouver Island for the start of the 2002 season, and was renamed the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

The Coquitlam Express began play as a new franchise in the neighboring city of Coquitlam for the 2001-2002 hockey season, and played in the city for four seasons at the Coquitlam Sports Centre. Due to unsatisfactory conditions at the Sports Centre (specifically a reduction of parking due to the construction of a new aquatic complex next door), the team relocated to Burnaby for the 2005-2006 season.

Most notably the owners of the Burnaby Express are Pat Delasalle, Tim Delasalle, Robert Lambie (Treasurer), Darcy Rota (President), Ian Mansfield, Brian Hannigan, Kirk McLean, Bill Ranford, Robert Clough, and Dave Lowry.

The 2005-06 season saw the Express win the league championship (Fred Page Cup) and the Mowat Cup by defeating Langley Hornets, 4 games to 0, Chilliwack Chiefs, 4 games to 1, Victoria Salsa, 4 games to 1 and the Penticton Vees, 4 games to 2. The team then defeated the Fort McMurray Oil Barons, 4 games to 2, for the Doyle Cup and enter the National Championship Tournament as Pacific Region winners.

The Express won the Royal Bank Cup 2006 (National Championship) by defeating the Yorkton Terries by a score of 8 - 2. In the Semi-Final they almost lost to the Fort William Northstars 3 - 2 in overtime and scored the tying goal with 12 seconds left in regulation time. During the round-robin they had a record of 3 - 1, which seeded them 2nd in the Tournament, behind the hometown hosts Streetsville Derbys.

In 2006-07 the Express were highly touted as a top team in the CJAHL, with the likes of Kyle Turris and Tyler McNeely. They set out to repeat as Royal Bank Cup champions again, but fell short. In the first rounds of playoffs the team beat the Langley Chiefs in 7 games and in the second round lost to the eventual BCHL league champions Nanaimo Clippers in 7 games.

In 2007-08 saw a coaching change from Rick Lanz (Colorado Avalanche Western Scout) to Dave McLellan. The team has not been very well-supported since the move from Coquitlam, and struggled in attendance for the 3rd straight year. Although the team enjoyed a little success in the regular season it was the Victoria Grizzlies that ended the careers of Carlo Finucci, Kevin Tipper, Todd Bowman, Brad Hunt, and Mike Rempel.

As of 17 October 2009, the Burnaby Express are averaging just 548 fans per game, which is the second lowest attendance of 17 teams in the BCHL. This is half the attendance the team averaged in their final season in Coquitlam (1,091 fans per game).[1][2]

On 1 December 2009, it was announced that team president and general manager Darcy Rota would be submitting a relocation application to the BCHL, in order to return to the Coquitlam Sports Centre in time for the 2010-11 season.[3]

Season-by-Season Record

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Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
2001-02 60 25 30 - 5 278 304 55 3rd in Mainland Lost in Quarter-Finals
2002-03 60 24 29 1 6 228 270 55 4th in Mainland DNQ
2003-04 60 32 26 1 1 254 212 66 3rd in Mainland Lost in Quarter-Finals
2004-05 60 25 31 1 3 211 258 54 3rd in Mainland Lost in Quarter-Finals
2005-06 60 34 20 1 5 231 202 74 2nd in Mainland Won League, Mowat Cup, Doyle Cup, Royal Bank Cup
2006-07 60 34 25 0 1 260 198 69 4th in Coastal Lost in Quarter-Finals
2007-08 60 33 24 0 3 218 219 69 8th BCHL Lost in 1st round
2008-09 60 18 35 1 6 170 245 43 13th BCHL

NHL Alumni

Player is listed with team they made their NHL debut for.

See also

References

  1. ^ BCHL: Current Attendance Retrieved on 17 October 2009
  2. ^ BCAHA: 2004-05 Annual Report Retrieved on 1 March 2009
  3. ^ Tri-City News: BCHL Express looking at Coquitlam return 1 October 2009

External links

Preceded by
Weyburn Red Wings
Royal Bank Cup Champions
2006
Succeeded by
Aurora Tigers
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