Coquitlam Express start season on road

Play three away before home opener at Poirier against Chiefs Sept. 21

The Coquitlam Express will begin the 2019-20 season with three road games followed by a homestand of five games.

The Express’s season opener will be against the Rivermen at George Preston Arena on Sept. 7. They’ll play the Surrey Eagles at South Surrey Arena on Sept. 30 and be back in Langley again on Sept. 20 before their home opener against the Chilliwack Chiefs the next night (7 p.m.) at Poirer Sports and Leisure Centre.

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The Express also have an eight-game homestand running from Nov. 16 (Vernon Vipers) to Dec. 8 (Wenatchee Wild). The seventh game of that homestand will feature the homecoming of two Port Moody hometowners, coach and general manager Jeff Tambellini and centre Kent Johnson, who will join the University of Michigan Wolverines on a hockey scholarship for the 2020-21 season.

The schedule includes just two three-games-in-three-days stretches. The first starts with the Sept. 20 date in Langley followed by the home opener and then a Sunday, Sept. 22 (3 p.m.) visit by the defending BCHL champion Prince George Spruce Kings.

Coquitlam’s 60-game regular season will end with a pair of games in Prince George on Feb. 21 and 22.

The Express will play four exhibition games. They will play the Wenatchee Wild on Aug. 25 and the Nanaimo Clippers Aug. 31 at Sungod Arena in North Delta. In between they’ll play the Eagles in Surrey on Aug. 27 and visit the Rivermen on Aug. 28.

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